Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library is closing down. Here’s what we know.

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library officials provided more details Tuesday about how visitors can still take part in library services despite the Main Library branch imminent closing for a new uptown development.

The library is closing so work can proceed on a new “destination” main library as well as a renovated Spirit Square and its historic McGlohon Theater and the Duke Energy Theater.

The $154.5 million project is scheduled to finish in late 2025, Mecklenburg County spokeswoman Pam Escobar told The Charlotte Observer in an email last week — more than a year later than expected.

When will the main branch close?

Main Library at 310 N. Tryon St. will close to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29.

Will the services I’m used to be disrupted?

No, according to library officials.

Officials hope Main Library users will visit another branch in the uptown area “for browsing, borrowing, classes/workshops, family story times and the many other ways you engage with your library.”

Where are the nearest branches to uptown?

Allegra Westbrooks Regional Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Road, 704-416-3000.

Myers Park Library, 1361 Queens Road, 704-416-5800.

Plaza Midwood Library, 1623 Central Ave., 704-416-6200.

South Boulevard Library, 4429 South Blvd., 704-416-6400.

Sugar Creek Library, 4045 N. Tryon St., Suite A, 704-416-7000.

West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd., 704-416-7400.

Will interim uptown library locations open?

Yes. Customers also can visit these soon-to-open interim uptown locations:

CMLibrary @ Founders Hall, 100 North Tryon St., Suite 290.

CMLibrary @ College Street, 406 N. College St. in the Education Building at First United Presbyterian Church.

Dates when the interim libraries will open are still to be announced.

Can I still get a library book online?

Yes. Although Main Library will be closed during construction, books and materials will be available 24/7 at cmlibrary.org.

Can I return books to Main Library after it closes?

No. Customers can drop off items at any of the other 19 library locations, including the nearby ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center, 300 E. Seventh St.

What about library holds and pick-ups?

As of Oct. 15, Main Library was removed as an option for placing items on hold.

Items placed on hold for pick up at Main before Oct. 15 are available until 5 Friday, Oct. 29. and then at Plaza Midwood Library beginning Monday, Nov. 1.

If you want to pick up your holds at another library branch, call 704-416-0100.

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