Success for students at every stage of education
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has everything students need to succeed in school, from elementary school through college. Library cards are free for ALL students attending any school in Mecklenburg County, and CMS students automatically have library accounts via ONE Access™. If you're a college student, check out our article Advice for College Students: 6 Reasons to Get a (Free) Public Library Card.
FREE computer use, Internet access, and study spaces
All library locations have computers and Wi-Fi that students can use for FREE with a library card or ONE Access account, as well as space to study.
FREE homework help
We offer several services, programs and resources including knowledgeable, helpful staff.
FREE access to local and regional history
The Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room in Main Library is an excellent resource for local and North Carolina-specific assignments. It houses historical information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina, as well as genealogical and census information.
The Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have a strategic partnership to help ensure student success. As partners in education, the Library and CMS recognize that libraries are an indispensable asset to students and can serve as an extension of the classroom all year long. In that spirit, ONE Access, or “One Number Equals Access,” uses CMS students' school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. Read more at www.cmlibrary.org/oneaccess.
Access to library resources during the school year
The Library offers students and educators a wide array of special resources and services, in libraries and online. We extend access to these resources during the school year through:
- Teacher Loan Cards. Teachers employed by an educational institution in Mecklenburg County (religious, public and private schools, certified home-schools, licensed child-care providers, recreational leaders, student teachers, etc.) can apply in person for a Teacher Loan Card. Learn more about what to bring when you apply.
- Directory of Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (PDF). A list of CMS schools and the library nearest their location. Though all libraries serve all schools, these pairings are a resource for educators to find a nearby library best able to assist them with library resources and services.
- Hosting a library card drive. Step-by-step instructions and printable applications to make your school library card drive easy.
- Sunday hours. Regional libraries, Main and ImaginOn are open on Sundays during the academic year (Labor Day to Memorial Day) to better support students.
Summer learning support
Summer is the most critical time of the academic year, because it presents the most risk. Through programs that are aligned to summer learning needs—like Summer Break: Read, Learn, Explore—the Library and CMS work together to fight “the summer slide,” when students without access to summer learning opportunities fall behind their peers, creating an achievement gap that’s hard to close. (Learn more facts about the achievement gap from the National Summer Learning Association.)
ConnectEd Library Challenge
The Library and CMS – along with Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte – accepted the White House’s ConnectED Library Challenge on April 30, 2015, pledging to provide our community’s students with easily accessible information and educational resources. Since then, we have been invited to share our stories of success with other communities around the country.