Welcome To Mooneyham Public Library


240 E. Main Street 
Forest City, NC 28043


Phone: 828-248-5224 
Fax: 828-248-5214
Email: denisestrickland@townofforestcity.com
LIBRARY DIRECTOR: Denise Strickland




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 Hall and moved to its current location in 1964.


Mooneyham Public Library is dedicated to providing free and equal access to chosen resources and reliable information and to fostering lifelong learning and joys of 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, audio books, DVD’s and magazines are available for check out     

  • Limited distribution of federal forms January through April. 

  • Public access to the Internet and online reference sources

  • Wireless internet access - FREE

  • Scanner

  • Wireless Printer

  • Accelerated Reader Collections

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

  • Copies available (black and white copies .25 each, color copies .40 each)

  • ABC Mouse software available in Children’s Room

  • Charging station - new service available 

     inside the library


How To Get a Library Card

Items may be checked out to people who reside, work, or attend school in Rutherford or Polk Counties. A library card issued from any CMC Member library is valid at all other CMC Member libraries. New patrons must show identification (ID) when registering for a library card.


Examples of valid photo identification include:

  • Driver’s License or other state-issued photo identification
  • Student identification card
  • Military identification card
  • Passport
  • VA Veteran’s card

Internet Use

Mooneyham Library offers six computers for public use. In order to use the computers, patrons must provide a photo ID and sign an internet agreement form. Patrons are given 2 hours of computer time, which may be limited to 1 hour in the event that there are others waiting. Wireless internet access is available for free inside the building. Patrons must provide their own headphones, USB drives, and electronic chargers. The computers will be shut down daily at 4:45.


Coming Soon to Children's Circulation

The Mooneyham Library has received a $3000.00 grant from the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation. These funds will be used for children's materials that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Items that will be joining the children's collection will include: audio books, biographies, current non-fiction books, and fiction books that focus on inventions and exploration of the world around us. We are extremely grateful to the Dorothy Louise Kyler Foundation for this opportunity to provide new, updated materials to enrich the minds of the children in the community. 

“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