September is Library Card Sign-up Month

Signing up for a Library Card at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is easy. Apply online today.
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Don’t have a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card? Know someone who doesn’t have one either? The Library offers millions of resources including books, music, movies, creative materials, digital resources, programs (outdoor and virtual) – all for FREE with a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card. So, now that you know what a Library card can get you, the next question is: what are you waiting for?

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when libraries encourage community members (parents, caregivers, students – everyone) to sign up for a library card as the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. This year, the American Library Association (ALA) installed Marley Dias, author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair to promote the value of a library card to the entire community. We all are unique, with varied experiences and cultures, but one thing that unites us is a drive to learn and grow as people. Libraries are great equalizers and having a library card allows everyone to fairly gain access to knowledge.

Signing up for a Library card is easy and anybody can do it. CLICK HERE to sign up for a Library card and download the CMLibrary mobile app on your tablet or smartphone. Use the app to place holds, access resources and much more.

In a world rapidly moving to an online format, access to digital resources and educational materials is more important than ever before. With limits on in-person gatherings and adjusted work and school schedules, living room sofas, kitchens and bedrooms have transformed into workspaces. But what hasn’t changed is the need for information – for education, work or leisure activities. In honor of our mission to improve lives and build a stronger community, the Library encourages everyone in Mecklenburg County to sign up for a Library card to gain access to a wealth of books, media and invaluable digital resources. All for FREE!

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FREE Digital Resources

The Library is a tremendous one-stop shop, not just for books but for digital resources and so much more. You can access virtual tutoring and homework help for children through You can find the resources to support a new (or existing) business venture with LinkedIn Learning. Maybe you want to perfect an existing skill – or learn a new one – with Universal Class or learn a new language with Transparent Language. When you have a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card, you can access a multitude of online resources for FREE.

Are you someone who enjoys watching movies or listening to music? Film and music buffs can benefit from a Library card, too. With the kanopy, OverDrive/Libby, hoopla and Freegal Music apps – again, available for FREE with a Library card, you can stream or download films, documentaries and the newest songs.



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Value Like No Other

Are you curious about how much money a Library card can really save you? $100? $300? Even up to $1,000! Subscription services can be pricey and tend to add up over the course of a calendar year, not to mention how much you might spend on books, magazines and music. There’s no need to pay for subscription services ever again. See how much you can save with the Library by using the Library Value Calculator. Input the number of books, magazines, DVDs, music and resources you’ve purchased or used in a year, and you’ll be amazed at how much you could save by switching to the Library. The numbers don’t lie; a Library card is a great value!

Online Programming from the Library

While our branches are open with limited services, the Library is always here to support the community online, 24/7. Did you know that you can continue to participate in Library programming while staying home? Join us for a virtual storytime with your family or receive resume help all from the comfort of your couch. The Library offers a wide range of virtual programming for children, teens and adults on a daily basis.
See our listing of upcoming programs below.

Sign up Today

Signing up for a Library card is easy. CLICK HERE to sign up for one and download the CMLibrary mobile app on your smartphone or tablet for immediate access to place holds, access resources and much more.
So, now that you know everything you can do with your Library card, what are you waiting for? Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and get your Library card today!

This blog was written by Darrell Anderson, marketing and communications specialist for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.