Advice for College Students: 6 Reasons to Get a (Free) Public Library Card

If the classroom is the first stop in the learning experience, the library is the next destination. You may already be familiar with the library at CPCC, but don’t miss out on another invaluable resource—the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. All CPCC students, regardless of county of residence, are eligible for a Charlotte Mecklenburg Library card. Here are six reasons to include a public library card on your list of school supplies. Learn more here.

April 14, 2016

New Online Resources

The library has several new online resources that we’d like you to be aware of:

Something About the Author Online – Something About the Author Online provides comprehensive access to all volumes ever printed in the Something About the Author print series. It examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators of children and young adult publications.

  • Primary Audience: Students needing information about children’s and young adult authors and illustrators. Early childhood education students may be particularly interested in this resource.

Find a Topic and NewsBank – NewsBank provides selected full-text newspaper articles and newswires from the United States and abroad. NewsBank is particularly strong in providing access to local, state, regional, and national news. Our subscription to NewsBank provides access to the Charlotte Observer from 1985 to present.

Find a Topic, provided as part of NewsBank,  helps students locate relevant news items related to a wide variety of topics, including business, technology, education, health, science and many others.

  • Primary Audience: Anyone needing to research contemporary issues as viewed through the news. Students who need to research local area issues will find this resource especially useful.

Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

  • Primary Audience: Ideal for students in the allied health fields who need to locate evidence-based research. Use of this resource is restricted to one user at a time.

All of these databases can be found at the following link under the New/Trial Databases section.

February 1, 2016

Got Fines?

From November 16 to December 11, 2015, the CPCC Libraries will be conducting a food drive called Food for Fines. During this period, fines accrued from overdue items will be forgiven at all campus libraries in exchange for the donation of non-perishable food items.

How does Food for Fines work?

  • For every one non-perishable food item, one dollar in fines will be waived from your account. So, 4 cans of soup will equal $4.00 in fines waived.
  • A maximum of $20 in fines will be waived from any account.
  • Only fines are waived – replacement fees for lost books are not eligible for Food for Fines.
  • No credits for future fines will be issued. Food for Fines is for existing fines only.

Which food items are acceptable?

Only non-perishable food items will be accepted. Non-perishable means that the items will not be in danger of immediately spoiling. Items must not be expired.

The following food items are most desired for Food for Fines:

  • Canned meats and fish, including tuna, chicken and beef stew
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Soup

All donations go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Donations will be accepted even if you don’t have fines!

November 12, 2015

Introducing the EBSCO eBooks Mobile App

Do you need to access ebooks while on the go? With the release of the new EBSCO eBooks app, you can now enjoy an on-the-go research experience from any mobile device. Some of the features available from this app are:

  • Search and browse your entire EBSCO eBook collection
  • Download titles to the app and read even when they’re offline
  • Sync bookmarks and recent position in the same title across mobile devices
  • Customize the reading experience by adjusting font size, brightness, margins, and more
  • Easily return eBooks to your collection when they finish reading
The EBSCO eBooks app is available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
You will be required to create a separate EBSCO account in order to use this app.
If you have any questions about the app, please feel free to contact Doug Short at


October 29, 2015

Library Book Sale This Week!

The Central Campus Library is having a book sale this week! Stop by to see what we have.

October 20, 2015

Library Resources: IEEE Periodical Package


The library subscribes to the interdisciplinary, top-cited, highly regarded IEEE All Society Periodical Package listing over 170 journals on the subjects of:

  • Computer Science, Electrical and Electronics (Engineering Technology Division),
  • Graphic Design, Graphic Arts & Imaging, Visual Arts,
  • Simulation & Game Development,
  • Architecture,
  •  HVAC,
  • Sustainability Technologies ,
  • Fire Protection and
  •  Health & Information Technology.

These journals can be found on the library website here:  or

Please contact Kimberley Balcos if you have any questions.

September 24, 2015

Apply Now for the Library Scholarship!

The Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance for currently enrolled students pursuing a two-year degree at the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).   It is made possible through library fundraising projects.  The deadline for submitting an application for the scholarship is November 6, 2015.

To be eligible for the CPCC Library Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time student, currently enrolled in 12 credit hours or more in an approved program leading to a two-year degree.
  • Must have completed at least one full-time semester (a minimum of 12 credit hours) at CPCC within the past two semesters, excluding the current semester, at the time of application and have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher from CPCC. A copy of your complete CPCC transcript (unofficial) must be submitted with the application.
  • Submit a completed application with supporting documents.
  • Write an original 550 to 750 word essay on how the CPCC libraries have helped you achieve your educational goals thus far.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a CPCC faculty or staff member that you have known within the last two years.
  • Library employees, including work study students, are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Scholarships are awarded for one academic semester only; previous Theresa Thompson Library Scholarship winners may not reapply.

For more information about the scholarship program, visit

August 26, 2015

Welcome to the Fall 2015 Semester!

Welcome to the 2015 fall semester!  Hopefully, you had a chance to get settled into classes during the past week.  With the beginning of a new semester, we’d just like to take some time to remind you of a few of the services that the library has to offer, as well as highlight a few recent changes.

Books and More!

As always, the library wants to help out with your research and educational needs.  To that end, we provide access to a wide variety of resources, both in print and online.

To find out what books or DVDs are available in the library (or in electronic format), check out the online library catalog.

If you are looking for research articles or educational online videos, have a look at our Research Resources.

Need help using either one of these resources?  Don’t be afraid to Ask a Librarian!  Library staff are available to help in person, over the phone or online.

Online book renewals, which were not working during the spring and summer sessions this year, are now once again working!

Study Space?  We Have That!

Need a quiet place to study?  All CPCC campus libraries have dedicated quite study spaces.  Additionally, Central, Cato and Levine campuses have study rooms available. You can book these study rooms yourself online. Book early though, as they tend to fill up quickly!

Faculty Resources

We also offer a number of resources just for faculty.  Be sure to check out our Faculty Resources page to see what we can offer you.

We hope everyone has a great semester!

August 25, 2015

CPCC Libraries Will Be Closed on Fridays

Starting this week, all CPCC Libraries will be closed on Fridays. This will continue from now until July 17, 2015. CPCC Libraries will be open again on Fridays beginning July 24, 2015.

May 11, 2015

Exam Stress Relief @CPCC Libraries

Beginning Wednesday, May 6 and running through Friday, May 8 all CPCC Libraries will be offering games and snacks for exam stress relief. For details, stop by a campus library location or call us at one of the numbers below:

Central: 704-330-6884

Cato: 704-330-4818

Harper: 704-330-4418

Harris: 704-330-4618

Levine: 704-330-4212

Merancas: 704-330-4103

May 6, 2015

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