Media Center

Charlotte Latin’s Media Center is designed to serve the multiple needs of the students and teachers, from encouraging students to settle into a comfortable chair to read a good book to accessing the latest research online via a wireless laptop. Latin’s five librarians work closely with the teachers to support the TK to 12th grade curriculum, providing a collection reflective of their curricular goals. A full-time librarian is assigned to each of the School’s three divisions, in addition to an assistant librarian for the Lower School. The Lower School Library operates on a fixed schedule, teaching 25 classes each week that integrate into the Lower School curriculum and expose the students to hundreds of books each year. The Upper/Middle School Library works on a flexible schedule, which is designed to accommodate the instructional needs of each teacher and to allow students to utilize the Media Center’s resources for research, class projects, and homework.

The Media Center houses a vast array of print and electronic resources. More than 40,000 titles are available. Students and parents also may access many online databases, encompassing thousands of periodicals and reference books, from the school or home. Desktop and laptop computers are available to support classes or individual students.

Beginning in Lower School, Information Literacy classes are conducted by the librarians. Students learn to be effective and discriminating users of information, both in print or nonprint formats. Students are taught various research strategies that will serve them in college and adulthood. Ultimately, the librarians strive to instill a love of literature and reading that will enrich and inform each student’s life.

The CLS Media Center at a glance:

* A collection of more than 40,000 books, DVDs, videos, and audio books
* Online research databases including EBSCO Discovery Search, Gale Virtual Library, and JSTOR
* An iMac lab in the Lower School Library
* 60 MacBooks in the Middle and Upper School Library
* Subscriptions to four daily newspapers--The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal
* 25 popular magazines for student browsing
* Monthly book clubs in each division
* Five librarians who are always willing to help and answer questions

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The library opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 3:45 p.m. on Fridays and the day before a holiday.

Lower and Middle School students must be accompanied by a parent after 3:10.

For more information, contact Head Librarian Kim Smith at

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