Archive for the ‘Facilities Master Plan’ Category

New page lets you follow along with library building projects

May 19, 2009

A new page entitled Library Building Projects is now available on the library’s web site This page lets you follow along with library construction, including renovations and new construction.

While the economic climate has affected many library building projects, construction continues on a new Hickory Grove branch library, and you can view photos of the continuing progress from this page. This new library received funding for land and construction many years ago, and is desperately needed to meet the needs of growing community surrounding it. The new building will replace the small, strip mall library branch on W.T. Harris Blvd., and is scheduled for completion in 2010.

How does the library make decisions on when and where to build or renovate libraries? Decisions for major capital projects are guided by the Library’s Ten-Year Facilities Master Plan, which is informed by a comprehensive study of trends, community growth and feedback from YOU — our library users. As you can see, the projects on the Building Projects page are in various phases of development from early planning to actual construction. Many of these projects may not be completed for several years, but by planning far into the future, we can create facilities that will meet the needs of future citizens.


How the library is planning for its long-term future

February 20, 2009

Darrel Williams, chair of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Board of Trustees, talks with the Charlotte Observer about how the current economic crisis is affecting library planning.

“During this challenging time the library must plan for how to best provide for the needs of a rapidly growing community five, 10 and 25 years into the future, while also being conscious of our current recession. The due diligence we are putting into our Facilities Master Plan now will allow us to move forward with the confidence that the decisions we make will best serve our community today and well into the future.” ~ Darrel Williams (excerpt from article)

Read a pdf of the article, then share your thoughts on the challenges of planning during economic downturns.

Another chance to share ideas over coffee in January.

December 16, 2008


Because we’ve had so many great comments and ideas posted to the blog lately, and since we heard from many of you that you weren’t able to attend one of the recent Coffee and Conversation Sessions, we decided to schedule another conversation in January.  Unfamiliar with the Coffee and Conversation format? Read our recent post to learn what we’ll discuss and how this information will be used.

If you’re able, please join us on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, from 12-1 p.m. at Morrison Regional Library, located at 7015 Morrison Boulevard. (View map.) Come prepared to share your thoughts and ideas about what you like about libraries, and what you think will make libraries better. It doesn’t matter which library you frequent — your comments will help us shape the future for all libraries in Mecklenburg County.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you to everyone for all of the great ideas and feedback

November 14, 2008
We've received so much great feedback on the blog. Thank you!

We've received so much great feedback on the blog. Thank you!

We here at the library have been so excited to see all of the great suggestions, comments and feedback posted on the blog recently. We’ve definitely been reading the contributions, making notes and having conversations of our own as we plan for the future. It’s so invigorating to hear directly from you, in your own words, exactly what you love about libraries and what you’d like to see improved.

Sometimes folks don’t agree on what they’d like their library to be (coffee seems to be an item that has generated a suprising amount of discussion on both ends of the spectrum), but the comments have always been very thoughtful. It’s clear that you have taken the time to carefully articulate your concerns and passions for the libraries in our community — and we’re so grateful!

Coffee and Conversation About Library Facilities

October 17, 2008

We’re looking toward the future here at PLCMC, and we want you to help us do it. From November 1 to November 6, we’re holding a series of “Coffee and Conversation” workshops to help us develop our Facilities Master Plan for the next 10 years.

What’s a Facilities Master Plan, you ask? Basically, what this means is that the Library is planning our recommendations and goals concerning our buildings. We’re looking not only at our existing buildings and how we can improve them, but where we might like to build new branches as well. The dates and locations of the workshops are:

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 9-10 a.m., Carmel Library, 6624 Walsh Blvd., (704) 416-3400
  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 12-1 p.m., Mint Hill Library, 6840 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, (704) 416-5200
  • Monday, Nov. 3, 7-8 p.m., Independence Regional Library, 6000 Conference Drive, (704) 416-4800
  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, (704) 416-3000
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m., North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville, (704) 416-6000
  • DATE ADDED!!! Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, 12-1 p.m., Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard, (704) 416-5400