As an essential provider of free educational programs and services for lifelong learning, the Library addresses our community’s most pressing priorities, including equal access for students, third grade reading proficiency, economic opportunity and digital inclusion. Now, your Library is planning for the next generation.

In 2025, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will open a knowledge center for the future on the site of today’s uptown branch. This new Main Library will continue to offer familiar programs and services, but it will also introduce a new model for Library services, offering a platform for programs created and delivered with community partners. The new Main Library will be a regional destination, a hub of activity and innovation for the entire Library system, and the gateway and heartbeat to a reimagined North Tryon Street corridor.

The new Main Library is a catalyst for a 2-block redevelopment within the city’s North Tryon Vision Plan. As a knowledge center, this 115,000 sq.ft. world-class facility will focus on three impact areas:

Main Library Priorities

Strengthen Public Engagement

More than 15 meeting and gathering spaces, programs and exhibits facilitate and encourage conversations around civic issues. A Community Media Lab captures and shares the voices of our diverse community.

Support Economic Opportunity

Access to technology, a dynamic Opportunity and Career Center, an Innovation Hub and resources for new residents will educate, empower, and strengthen our community.

Connect Community Resources

As a hub of our community past and present, Main Library will maintain a civic data portal, increase the visibility of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, and facilitate connections with a network of critical resources.

Main Library Design

A Walk Around the Block