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As of January 2018, the Polk County Public Library in Columbus and its branch located in Saluda will be leaving the CMC Library Consortium to join NC Cardinal.

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.

To help make the transition as smooth as possible, we have developed the following guidelines:

Polk County patrons:

  • You can place holds/requests on Rutherford County Library items until November 30, 2017.
  • Existing holds/requests on Rutherford County Library items will continue to be filled until the end of December.
  • We encourage you to return any Rutherford County Library items you have checked out by the end of December.  If you receive a hold/request item late in December, you will still be granted your full two weeks check out period but you will not be able to renew it and we encourage you to return it as soon as possible.

Rutherford County patrons:

  • You can place holds/requests on Polk County Library items until November 30, 2017.
  • Existing holds/requests on Polk County Library items will continue to be filled until the end of December.
  • We encourage you to return any Polk County Library items you have checked out by the end of December.  If you receive a hold/request item late in December, you will still be granted your full two weeks check out period but you will not be able to renew it and we encourage you to return it as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact your library and a staff member will be glad to assist you.

Welcome to the CMC Library Consortium's homepage!  Here you can:

  • Search for books, movies, music, and other items owned by the consortium libraries
  • Access your library account
  • Find links to online resources such ebooks, online language learning, and more

Information about each consortium library can be found under the About the Consortium link.