Knight Foundation Awards $10 Million for Main Library in Charlotte

Knight Foundation Awards $10 Million for Main Library in Charlotte

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $10 million grant to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation for the construction of a new main library in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The grant is part of the recently announced CommonSpark campaign, a $135 million public-private partnership focused on creating a state-of-the-art library space for the city and supporting enhanced services in the system's twenty locations. The campaign, which has raised $90 million to date, including $65 million from the county, will also fund the creation of a permanent endowment in support of the system's evolving needs as well as the creation a service center that handles back-office functions offsite.

The new library is slated to open in 2024 on the site of the current library.

"Time and time again our Library Foundation is a difference-maker, raising support for the library, broadening awareness of its activities and contributions, and growing its friends, fans, and partners," said library CEO Lee Keesler. "The private funds the foundation is raising to complement public funds from Mecklenburg County will transform an architecturally distinctive, state-of-the-art, technologically advanced new main library from good to great."