A New Regional Library is Coming to The University City Town Center

Oct 13, 2022 | Uncategorized

University City Regional Library Will Relocate to University Place Alongside Current and Upcoming Developments

We are beyond excited to share that University City will welcome a new library in spring 2025. The Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the $39.6M development. The library will accompany development of University Place near the lake and boardwalk off of JW Clay Boulevard. 

Approved County funding will allow for the forward movement of design, construction and acquisition of property and furniture for the library branch in University City. University City Regional Library users can expect a 35,000 square-foot two-story building that will include rooms dedicated for youth programs, studying, community programs and meetings; a youth workroom; a pre-teen and teen area; drive-through returns; and services that are currently used at the popular library branch. 

“University City Partners appreciates the support from its many partners, including the County, for its leadership to pursue this timely capital project,” said Tobe Holmes, Interim Executive Director of University City Partners. “This community asset is going to advance literacy, education, access to technology and so many invaluable resources for our residents, visitors and businesses. We could not be more pleased with seeing the plan become a reality.”  

The vote for a new and relocated facility comes as the lease is set to expire in December 2024 for the existing University City Regional Library located off of W.T. Harris Blvd. 

The library will complement plans that are underway for University Place. Other developments there include housing units, modern retail and office space, a park, and a refreshed pedestrian trail alongside the lake and boardwalk. A few projects underway are Waters Edge at University Place and NOVEL University Place. These upcoming amenities will exist near hotels and conference centers, major employers and retailers, UNC Charlotte, locally owned shops and restaurants, and are highly accessible by interstates, major roads, greenways and public transportation. The collective developments help to fulfill the University City Area Plans and the most recent University City Vision Plan–Connecting–to create a town center. 

The planned library location and space will allow for more indoor and outdoor community programming, including child programming, which sees one of the highest numbers of users across the entire Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. 

Many community leaders and members have worked closely together to identify and advocate for the ideal location for the new library to reach and serve the community. The boardwalk prevailed as the best destination. You can learn more about the library here.


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