When libraries and schools work together, everyone wins.
In 2015 the Library, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte accepted the White House ConnectED Library Challenge, pledging to provide students with easily accessible information and educational resources.
By the end of 2015, that pledge had become a reality, as more than 100,000 of 147,000 CMS students accessed Library services using their student IDs in an initiative called ONE Access™.
For CMS students:
ONE Access, or “One Number Equals Access,” uses students' school identification numbers instead of separate library cards. With their ONE Access account, students can:
Access Library research databases
Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)
There are no overdue fines for ONE Access accounts, but users are responsible for fees on lost or damaged books.
Information for parents:
All CMS students are automatically enrolled in this program and can use their school ID number to access library services. The default PIN is the last 4 digits of the student ID number.
If you would like to allow your child to access online resources, but don’t want them to be able to borrow physical materials (books or audiobooks), we’ve built in the ability to customize the ONE Access accounts. Parents may request that the "borrower type" on a child's account be set for access to digital resources only. You may make this request by visiting or calling any library branch.
If you do not want your child to have access to library resources, you may opt out. Click the link below for an opt-out form, which you can print out, sign, and return to any library branch. Be aware that students who opt out of ONE Access will not be able to participate in classroom use of library resources unless they have a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card and know the full card number and PIN.
Download the 2016-2017 parent letter and opt-out form (link opens in new window)
ONE Access Information (link opens in new window)
ONE Access Resource Login Tutorial - CMS.pptx (link opens in new window)