240 E. Main Street
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: (828) 248-5224
Fax: (828) 248-5214



LIBRARY ASSISTANT:  Brianna Robertson



Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Mooneyham Public Library, Forest City's municipal library, began as a small collection housed in an upstairs room in Forest City's Town Hall and moved to its current location in 1964.

Mooneyham Public Library is dedicated to providing free and equitable access to chosen resources and reliable information, as well as fostering the love of lifelong learning and reading. Our services are provided in a welcoming, responsive and professional manner. The library staff welcomes your presence in our library and on our website.

Available Services

  • Books, audiobooks, and DVDs are available for checkout

  • Magazines and newspapers are available for in-house reading
  • Limited distribution of federal forms January through April

  • Public access to the Internet and online reference sources

  • Wireless internet access - FREE

  • Scanner

  • Wireless printer for iPhones

  • Accelerated Reader collections

  • Fax service available ($1.00 per page to send and receive)

  • Copies available (black and white copies $.25 per page, color prints $.40 per page)

  • Charging stations for electronic devices

  • Children's Krayon Kiosk - 4 iPads loaded with learning games

inside the library

How to Get a Library Card

Mooneyham Public Library is a member of the NC Cardinal consortium. NC Cardinal allows members to borrow items from libraries across North Carolina. In order to apply for a  library card, you must reside, work, own property, or attend school in Rutherford County. A library card issued from any Foothills Consortium library is valid at all other Foothills Consortium libraries.

New patrons must show photo identification (ID) that displays their current address when registering for a library card. If the ID provided does not display the patron's current address, a document or piece of mail bearing the patron's name and current address can be used as proof.

Examples of valid photo identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • State-issued identification card
  • Student identification card
  • Military identification card
  • Passport
  • VA Veteran's card

Examples of valid proof of address include, but are not limited to:

  • Utility bill (electric, gas, water, phone)
  • Insurance card/policy
  • Personal check
  • Bank statement
  • Tax notice
  • Vehicle registration

Internet Use

The library offers six computers for public use. In order to use the computers, patrons must provide a photo ID and electronically sign an internet agreement form. Patrons are given one hour of computer time. Wireless internet access is available for free inside the building. Patrons must provide their own headphones, USB drives and electronic device chargers. The public computers are shut down daily at 4:50 PM.

"Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life." 

-Sidney Sheldon