Library Services

To provide services that expose the resident population to reading, programming and legal information in an attempt to ease tension and promote literacy.

Libraries are located at both Detention Center Central and Detention Center North. Readers may choose from fiction, nonfiction, young adult titles and titles in Spanish. Because MCSO libraries operate using a public library model, readers learn good library habits. However, the simple goal is to build a foundation for life-long learning through reading.

No library functions solely on its funding; therefore, quality donations are always welcome. For more information about the Donation Policy and Procedure, click here.

Thanks to a broad spectrum of community volunteers and agency outreach partners, library staff is able to plan and schedule an array of special events. Goals include introducing participants to new technology; the exploding range of jobs and careers; and avenues to reenter the community.

    • Freedom Reads – Young adult males, 16-17, partner–community volunteers

      Ladies First – Adult females, partner – community volunteers

      Books to Movies – Adult males, partner CPCC outreach

  • SEMINARS 101
    • Brief introductions to a variety of subjects of interest such as photography, creative writing or ________________
    • Scholars and instructors from area colleges provide participants with the opportunity to learn about subjects in higher education in advance.
    • Female residents at Detention Center Central learn the many steps of seeking employment from completing an application through on-the-job-training. After completing a 20-hr. class about library operations and skills, they may interview for a position to work in the library.

Anyone interested in working as a library volunteer should contact Detention Center North Librarian, Sylvia Moon at 980-314-5588.

Access to a legal reference collection is provided at Detention Center North and Detention Center Central. Residents may request an appointment using a law library request form. Appointments are prioritized based on legal representation, either private or public defenders; status in the judicial process – pre-trial, sentenced, or appeal; and previous appointments. Access to legal information is available to all residents regardless of their classification and housing location – general, maximum or disciplinary. This collection is funded by proceeds from the resident commissary fund.

700 E. 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Information Line: 704-336-8100

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