In a year of exceptional challenge and change, your generosity helped Charlotte Mecklenburg Library respond with connection, creativity and opportunity.

With the support of private investments along with Mecklenburg County leadership, your Library reached every corner of the County and far beyond with essential programs, services and resources delivered in branches and online. Thank you for helping to improve lives and build a stronger community.

We are grateful and inspired to report that in partnership with individual donors, foundations and corporations, your Library Foundation raised a total of $7,004,446 toward the multi-year comprehensive CommonSpark campaign in fiscal year 2021. This includes $1,181,121 in annual support from 2,224 donors – including 631 new donors.

Your generosity made all the following – and more – possible in FY 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021):

CommonSpark Campaign

Your generosity impacts our whole community by sustaining and growing your Library as a dynamic hub of education, access and opportunity. Thank you for improving lives and building a stronger community.

By the Numbers

Through 20 locations across Mecklenburg County, digital platforms and community outreach services, the Library continues to thrive as a trusted, essential community institution.

active cardholders (used in the last 2 years)
participants in early literacy programs, virtual and in-person
items borrowed - 2,462,821 of them digital
online programs offered, with 258,264 attendees

The CommonSpark

The CommonSpark is a multi-year, public-private partnership to infuse $135 million into improving lives and building a stronger community in Mecklenburg County. The campaign addresses an integrated set of needs: a new Main Library uptown; a Support Services Center for non-public facing operations; systemwide technology, innovation, programming and annual Library operating support; and an endowment for the future.