Library by the Numbers

Thumbnail statisticsFiscal Year 2018: A year of library service 

All statistics are from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, except where otherwise noted.
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Library Visitors

The Library welcomed 3.4 million visitors through its doors.

Library Members

By the end of Fiscal Year 2017, 384,450 people were active library cardholders, having used their account  within the past two years. 

In Mecklenburg County's Annual Survey, 66 percent of residents reported using a public library in the last 12 months. 

Total Materials Borrowed

Library users borrowed 6,011,818 items. 

Digital Materials Borrowed

The Library's digital formats were very popular with customers, who circulated 1,325,209 items.


The Library encouraged the love of reading and learning by offering 28,962 programs with a total attendance of 398,848. 

Pre-Third-Grade Literacy Impact

The Library has made a commitment to partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to expand literacy programming for pre-third-grade students.  Attendance for these library programs was 331,748 participants.


1,421 volunteers contributed 53,386 hours of service in libraries. 

Job Help

12,352 people used computers in the Job Help Center and experienced 334 Job Help-themed programs.

Wi-Fi Usage

The Library's wireless internet was accessed 1,029,992 times. (That's an increase of nearly 19 percent from Fiscal Year 2017)

Satisfied Customers

Library customers expressed satisfaction with library services at the rate of 98 percent, an increase of almost 2 percent from FY2017.

Top Institution

In Mecklenburg County's Annual Survey, 95 percent of residents (Library users and non-users) agreed the Library is a top community institution. 

Summer Break: A fresh take on Summer Reading

The Library's Summer Break program engages participants with learning and literacy over the summer, when they’re most at risk of losing academic gains made throughout the school year. Summer Break encourages kids to participate in a variety of activities over the summer, in addition to reading.  

  • Summer Break participants - 38,643 (20 percent increase from FY2017)
  • Total minutes read - 29.7 million (41 percent increase from FY2017)
  • Summer Break program completers - 12,001 (29 percent increase from FY2017)