In spring 2020, the former CMC Consortium expanded to using the NC Cardinal Integrated Library System, and as a result the public libraries separated from Isothermal Community College Library and the Polk County Library System. The Rutherford County Public Libraries are now collectively known as the Foothills Consortium.
The Foothills Consortium is comprised of the following public libraries in Rutherford County, North Carolina: Rutherford County Library and its two Branches, Haynes and Mountains; Mooneyham Public Library in Forest City; Spindale Public Library in Spindale; and Norris Public Library in Rutherfordton.
Foothills Consortium Libraries report to independent governing authorities. As such, local library policies and services may vary among individual member libraries. While at a Foothills library, local policies apply regardless of where a library card was issued. In order to provide the best patron experience, Foothills member libraries will seek opportunities for consistent practices, particularly when dealing with topics related to circulation of library materials.
The list of current participating libraries and their contact information can be found below.