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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library wants everyone to enjoy free resources with library card

September is Library Card Sign Up Month and the library is recruiting Wonder Woman to help encourage people to unlock the superpowers of a library card.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — September is Library Card Sign Up Month.  It’s celebrated by libraries across the nation. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library wants every person in the community to have access to the resources and programs offered and its called on Wonder Woman for help.

“We think library cards give you superpowers so Wonder Woman is here to help us promote the programs. “ said Everett Blackmon from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Libraries are Wonderful is the theme of this year’s push to encourage people in the Charlotte community to sign up for a card.  The good news is, you don’t need superpowers to sign up for a card.

Who can get a library card?

Everyone! Anyone from young kids to senior citizens can get a card from Charlotte-Mecklenburg library. Certain groups have automatic access to resources and materials. All students enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and some private charter schools have library accounts through the ONE Access program.  Some municipal and school employees also have automatic online access to resources using their employee ID number.  Those employees include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County employees and Johnson C. Smith students and others.

How much does a library card cost?

Library cards are FREE for Mecklenburg County residents.  For out-of-country or out-of-state applicants, there is a $45 annual fee, which is about equal to the amount in taxes county residents pay annually to help support the library.

How do I sign up for a library card?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library pivoted most of its services online. Until branch locations are open for browsing and services, you can apply for a card online at cmlibrary.org/getacard and fill out the form.  You’ll need to upload a photo ID and proof you are a resident or property owner in Mecklenburg County. After completing the form, you will receive an email with account information and have immediate access to millions of resources in the form of books, e-books, audiobooks, e-audiobooks, music, movies, other materials, digital and virtual programs - all for FREE.

Can I still use my virtual card when library branches open back up?

Yes, virtual cards can be scanned right from your smartphone inside library branches.  You can also request a physical card. You’ll need a photo ID and proof of Mecklenburg County residency.

What can I check out using my library card?

So much more than just books are available through the library. You can also check out digital magazines, mobile hotspots, podcast kits, cell phone video kits and even explore your ancestry through ancestry.com.  DVD’s, audiobooks, e-books and more are also available.  Plus, a library card allows you to take part in all of the programs the library has available like classes to build your resume, book clubs and tutoring for all ages.

Want a card? Go to cmlibrary.org/getacard to sign up.

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