Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Supporting Student Success

October 16, 2015

Children who read, succeed

In that spirit, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) have entered into 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.

2014-15 initiatives

Library cards for young students. At the start of the 2014-15 academic year, the Library worked with CMS to supply pre-K through 3rd graders with public library cards. The effort was funded in part by Foundation For The Carolinas. 17,494 students signed up for a new library card and more than 10,000 students with existing cards were given fine waivers to ensure their continued ability to borrow library materials. Students were also provided with information on how to use their library card to support their education.

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Library eCard project. The second initiative, which began later in the 2014-15 school year, was a limited “Library e-card” initiative for students in grades 6-12 in the Project L.I.F.T community. This electronic library card gave more than 4,000 students and their teachers 24/7 access to all of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s electronic resources, including eBooks, eMagazines, music, and videos available from the Library’s web site As part of the e-card initiative, Library staff visited the Project Lift schools to provide tutorials on library resources for CMS staff and students. This initiative helped provide valuable information on future efforts to provide all CMS students with library access via their student IDs.

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