Future of Main Library

Main Library: Past, Present and Future

main library exteriorFor more than a century, a library has stood on the 300 block of North Tryon Street, reinventing itself to meet the changing needs of the growing Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. As the Library is poised to reinvent itself once again, the Main Library is positioned to become a major destination in Uptown Charlotte, a free, open and accessible information hub for the million people in this community and the next million to come.

With this in mind, we are envisioning a Main Library designed to meet a wide range of needs, one that will become a major destination in Uptown Charlotte.

What is the vision for the new Main Library?

Planning for a new Main Library has been underway for several years, and has included broad community input. The creative vision for the new Main Library – the “public commons” – has been the result of that input, and will inform design, programs, partnerships and more. This vision was developed with community input during visioning sessions led by consulting firm MACHINE, funded by the Knight Foundation. With the selection of the architectural team of Clark Nexsen, Snøhetta and brightspot strategy, there will begin a new phase of community input, through Town Hall meetings, surveys and workshops.

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How is this connected to community initiatives?

NTVP Report CoverA reinvented Main Library is an integral part of several community initiatives: 

  • The North Tryon Vision Plan, which is bringing energy and attention to Main Library and its neighbors.
  • The Seventh & Tryon redevelopment, which includes a new Main Library, refurbished McGlohon Theatre, housing, retail and more. 
  • The Mecklenburg County 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan, which includes $65 million in public funding for a new Main Library that will be combined with privately raised funds to build and enhance the new Main Library.
  • Charlotte Center City Partners’ 2020 Vision Plan, in which North Tryon is one of six key focus areas.
  • Nearby redevelopment such as the Carolina Theatre at Belk Place project led by Foundation For The Carolinas, the Discovery Place renovation and others.

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Blog Posts About Main Library's Future

Enjoy a cool summer...with the Library

Thursday, June 21, 2018
Ah, summer. Lawn mowers are humming, tropic drinks dripping and parents scrambling to find things to keep high-energy youngsters occupied. Now is the perfect time of year to turn to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for inspiration.

Partnering to assess the needs of Main Library users

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Planning is underway for the replacement of Main Library in uptown Charlotte with a flexible facility designed to meet the community’s evolving information, technology, and public gathering needs today and into the future.