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Library hours & contact information, fax & print services, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), etc.

Hours and contact information for each of the library's branches can be found on this page.

Patrons placing interlibrary loans will be charged a fee of $3 per item. There will be a limit of five (5) items ordered through interlibrary loan per patron at a time.

Please note: Interlibrary loan charges and limits do not apply to items requested from other CMC libraries.

The cost for photocopies and prints from the public computers is 25 cents per page.

The cost for faxing is $2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page for both sending and receiving.

Haynes Branch Library
Tuesday at 10:30am

Rutherford County Library
Wednesday at 10:30am

Mountains Branch Library
Thursday at 10:30am

See the library's Events Calendar for the complete schedule.

Rutherford County Library & Haynes Branch Library

You will receive one hour when you first sign in to one of the public computers. You can receive two (2) thirty minute extensions, if there are available computers, for a max of two (2) hours of computer time each day. The granting of extensions is done automatically by the computer management software and staff cannot override or extend time.

Mountains Branch Library

You will receive 45 minutes when you first sign in to one of the public computers. You can receive one 45 minute extension, if there are available computers, for a max of 90 minutes of computer time each day. The granting of extensions is done automatically by the computer management software and staff cannot override or extend time.

The Haynes Branch and Mountains Branch libraries have community rooms that can be reserved by the public for events or meetings.  Download, complete, and return one of the forms below to the corresponding library at least one business day before your event begins.

Haynes Branch Library Community Room Policy and Form

Mountains Branch Library Community Room Policy and Form

Applying for a library card, check out periods & limits, renewing items, placing holds/requests, etc.

Library cards are issued to those who live, work, go to school, or own property in either Rutherford or Polk County.  If you do not meet these criteria, please see our section on Non-Resident Cards.

You must be at least 5 years old to apply for a library card.  A parent or guardian signature is required for children under the age of 16.  The parent or guardian who signs as responsible party must have a CMC library card and be in good standing, or apply for a library card at the same time as the child.

New patrons must show identification with their current address when applying for a library card.  This could include a driver’s license, a checkbook, or a letter with a postmark on it.  A picture ID is also required for adult patrons.

Cards will be issued to individuals only.  No library cards will be issued to institutions, schools, churches, companies or other groups.  

If you do not meet the critieria to apply for a standard library card, you can obtain checkout privileges by paying a fee of $20.00 per year. Non-resident cards are limited to a total of five (5) items on their account at a time.

All library cards are valid for 3 years from the date of application. When a card has expired, library staff will verify and update contact information (address, telephone number, etc) and renew the card for another three years. There is no need to apply for or obtain a new physical card.

There is a limit of 50 total items per household (a household is defined as any two or more persons sharing the same address).

There is a limit of six (6) DVDs per patron.

Learning Tablets and Maker Kits are limited to one per family.

Reference and genealogy books may not be checked out.

At certain times, the library may limit books on specific subjects to only one or two per patron, such as when students in a class are assigned reports on that subject.

All items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc) are checked out for 14 days.  Some items, such as Learning Tablets and Maker Kits, cannot be renewed.

The library provides email and text alerts/notices.  To help you remember when items are due, you can sign up to receive a Courtesy Notice by email or text three (3) days before an item's due date.  Ask a library staff member to activate this notice on your account.

Most items may be renewed two (2) times for an additional 14 days each time, for a maximum checkout period of 42 days.  Learning Tablets and Maker Kits cannot be renewed.  Items that have had a hold placed on them by another patron may not be renewed. 

You may renew your items in 3 ways:

  1. in person at the library circulation desk
  2. over the telephone (828-287-6115)
  3. on the library website using the My Account link

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day for books, CDs, and DVDs.  Learning Tablets, Maker Kits, and Backpacks are $1.00 per day.

If an item is currently unavailable, you may request the item be placed “on hold” when it is returned.  Items can be requested in the library at the front desk or by phone.  Items from other CMC libraries can also be requested for check out.  These items will be transferred for you and you will be notified when they are ready for pick up.  Some items, such as reference and genealogy materials, cannot be requested.

You can sign up to receive Arrived Request notifications by email or text.  These notices are sent automatically when an item you have placed on hold is ready for pick up.

Rutherford County Public Library Security Camera Policy and Information

Security cameras are installed in the Rutherford County Public Libraries to protect the safety and security of people, the building, and its contents, while protecting individuals’ right to privacy. Only authorized Library staff may view recordings.

Placement of Cameras

Video recording cameras will be used in public spaces of the Library to discourage criminal activity and violations of the Library’s Code of Conduct.

Cameras may be installed in outdoor and indoor places where individuals lack a reasonable expectation of privacy. Examples include public common areas of the library such as parking lots, entrances, seating areas, service desks, and areas prone to theft or misconduct. Cameras will not be installed in areas of the Library where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy such as restrooms or private offices.

Signs are posted throughout the library informing the public and staff that security cameras are in use.

Because security cameras are not constantly monitored, staff and public should take appropriate precautions for their safety and for the security of personal property. Rutherford County is not responsible for loss of property or personal injury.

Storage and Access to Recorded Data

Recorded data is confidential and secured in a controlled area. Video recordings will typically be stored for no longer than 60 days. As new images are recorded, the oldest images will be automatically deleted.

Video surveillance records are not to be used directly or indirectly to identify the activities of individual Library patrons except as viewed in relation to a specific event or suspected criminal activity, suspected violation of Library policy, or incidents where there is reasonable basis to believe a claim may be made against the Library for civil liability. Authorized Library staff may use a still shot or selected portions of recorded data to request law enforcement review for assessing the security risk of a specific individual or for investigating a crime on library property.

Video data will be made available to law enforcement officials or agencies upon written request, and with approval of authorized Library staff. The Library shall retain a copy of the request. Recorded data will be accorded the same level of confidentiality and protection provided to library users by North Carolina law and the Library’s policies with respect thereto. Access is also allowed by law enforcement when pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or when otherwise required by law.

The Rutherford County Library System, including the main library, the Haynes Branch, and the Mountains Branch, welcomes children of all ages. It is important to all of the libraries that children are encouraged to develop an interest in reading and learning.

Library Staff have many duties to perform in order to serve the citizens of Rutherford County. Library staff is not expected to assume responsibility for the care of unsupervised children in the library. 

For their safety, children 10 years of age and younger must be directly supervised by a parent or caretaker (age 16 or older) while in the library. Children 10 and under that are found unattended will be monitored by a staff member until a parent/caretaker is located. If unable to locate a parent/caretaker, staff will contact the police.

Children 11 and older may remain in the library without a caregiver present for a maximum of 3 hours if they are observed by library staff to be using the library appropriately.

Appropriate library use includes, but is not limited to:
• Looking at or reading books or magazines
• Quietly using computers
• Working on schoolwork or other projects
• Participating in library programs or activities

Library staff will exercise appropriate procedures to ensure the safety of unattended children 17 years of age and younger when the library is closing. Any unattended children will be alerted by a staff member about 30 minutes before closing time that they need to contact their parent and/or ride so they will be picked up before the library closes.

If upon closing, unattended children remain in the library, library staff will verify the child has contacted their parent or ride. A staff member will remain in the library with the child until the child is picked up. If after 15 minutes of closing the child has not been picked up, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department or the Lake Lure Police Department (for Mountains Branch) will be contacted.

Everyone who uses the library will be subjected to the Disruptive Behavior Policy.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees: April 28, 2015

It is the policy of the Rutherford County Library to offer the full range of library service to all residents of the community, regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion, economic status, etc. It is the intent of the library to provide its services with a minimum of regulations and restrictions, adopting only those that are absolutely essential to the library's operation. 

The library recognizes that the users of the library are in fact the owners of the library. As user-owners, the public has certain expectations of the library. These include an outstanding collection of library materials; pleasant, attractive surroundings; and courteous, efficient and effective service from the staff.

Library users have a right to assume that visits to the library will be free from harassment; free from physical discomfort and danger; free from psychological and emotional stress.

The library staff has basically the same rights. Each member of the staff should be able to do his/her work free of harassment, abuse, discomfort, and undue psychological stress.

The rights of both the public and the staff are sometimes violated by the attitudes and behavior of a very small minority of persons.

It shall therefore be the Policy of the Library Board of Trustees to maintain in the library system a quiet, pleasant environment conducive to serious study as well as casual use. To assure the successful implementation of this policy, the Board considers the following to be unacceptable behavior:
1. Loud conversation or laughter that disturbs other patrons.
2. Obscene or abusive language either spoken or printed on clothing.
3. Smoking in the library building or grounds.
4. Use of radios, CD or MP3 players, etc., if not using headphones so that sound is not transmitted to others.
5. Willful destruction of or damage to any library property.
6. Blocking or in any way interfering with the free movement of any person or persons.
7. Bringing animals other than lead dogs into the building.
8. Consumption of alcoholic beverages.
9. Removal of any library property from the building without authorization through established lending procedures.
10. Soliciting or selling of any kind, if disruptive to the normal use of the library.
11. Distribution of leaflets or posting of notices in areas not authorized for this purpose.
12. Use of library telephones by any person other than library personnel unless approved.
13. Consumption of food or beverages other than bottled water or tobacco products or e-cigarettes or other devices that simulate smoking brought into the building by individuals.
14. Following staff or users around the building, or other harassing behavior such as staring or other intimidating acts.
15. Rearranging of any library furniture, books, tapes or equipment from one location to another.
16. Engaging in disorderly conduct, committing a nuisance, or unreasonably disturbing and offending library users.
17. Carrying unauthorized weapons of any sort.
18. Use of a cell phone inside the library that is deemed disruptive by library personnel
19. Children being unsupervised allowed; running and/or playing with library equipment.

G.S. 14-33 Misdemeanor assaults, batteries and affrays.
G.S. 14-76 Larceny, mutilation, or destruction of public records and papers.
G.S. 14-127 Willful and wanton injury to real property.
G.S. 14-132 Disorderly conduct in and injuries to public buildings and facilities.
G.S. 14-134 Trespass on land after being forbidden
G.S. 14-190.9 Indecent exposure.
G.S. 14-204.1 Loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution offense.
G.S. 14-269 Carrying concealed weapons.
G.S. 14-277.1 Communicating threats.
G.S. 14-398 Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.
G.S. 153A-266 Powers and duties of trustees.

Librarians should also be familiar with applicable local ordinances.

Approved by the Rutherford County Library Board of Trustees on April 28, 2015

Accessing your account, renewing items, using online resources, etc.

To access your account online, click the My Account link at the top of the page.  You will need to enter your library card number (no spaces) and PIN.  If you do not have a PIN, you can call or come by the library and ask a library staff member for assistance.

You can sign up to receive email or text notifications related to your library account. To sign up for email notifications, ask a library staff member for assistance.  To sign up for text notifications, send a text message (not an email) to library@rutherfordcountync.gov and include your full name and the phrase "library text messages".

The following notices are available:

  • Courtesy Notice – This notice is sent to you three (3) days before your item(s) is due.
  • Arrived Request Notice – This notice is sent to you when an item you have requested (placed on hold) has arrived and is ready for you to check out.  Please remember you have three (3) days to pick up requested items before they are released to the next patron or are returned to the shelf.
  • Overdue Notice – This notice is sent to you when your item(s) become overdue.

You can access the library’s main collection of ebooks on the North Carolina Digital Library web site.  Other ebook and downloadable audiobook options can be found on our eBooks page.