In early 2020, the Rutherford County Library System and the municipal public libraries in Rutherford County (Spindale Public Library, Norris Public Library, and Mooneyham Public Library) migrated to NC Cardinal. Collectively, this group of libraries is known as the Foothills Consortium.
NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of public libraries in 51 North Carolina counties dedicated to sharing resources and expanding opportunities through the use of a single online catalog. NC Cardinal expands items available to you from about 200,000 items in the Rutherford County Library to nearly 7 million statewide!
- Discover materials not owned locally
- Borrow materials from any NC Cardinal Library using your Foothills Consortium Library card
- Renew materials through the library website or the cloudLibrary app for your smartphone
- Place holds online for items from any NC Cardinal library; materials are sent to your pickup library of choice – FREE.
- Return borrowed materials at any NC Cardinal Library
About NC Cardinal
NC Cardinal is a consortium of North Carolina public libraries that share an online catalog and integrated library system (ILS), and share resources with other member libraries. The program’s mission is to maintain and continually develop a working, efficient, and sustainable ILS for public libraries and library staff within North Carolina. It is a program of the State Library of North Carolina, supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. The State Library of North Carolina supports this consortium by providing initial startup/migration funding to join the consortium and after migration, funding for State Library consultants to facilitate system support, workshops, training, project management guidance, and consortium oversight on a variety of cataloging and circulation issues. NC Cardinal has been operating since July 2010.