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Mon 1/22 – Wed 1/24: Online renewals and holds are temporarily unavailable. Please contact the library directly or wait until Thurs 1/25 to renew or request items.
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Address:  1289 W. Mills St, Columbus, NC  28722 (map)
Phone:  828.894.8721

  • Monday: 9am – 6pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday:  9am – 8pm
  • Friday: 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Address:  44 W. Main St, Saluda, NC  28773 (map)
Phone:  828.749.2117

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 1pm


January 2018

01/24/2018 – FOL Book Club: America’s First Daughter
01/24/2018 – Kids Program: Mario Kart Tournament
01/25/2018 – Teen Scene: Wonder Woman
01/29/2018 – Foothills Chess Club
01/29/2018 – Kids Program: LEGOs
01/30/2018 – Rising Readers

more events…

NC Cardinal

NC Cardinal is a growing consortium of public libraries in 40 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 50,000 items in Polk County Public Libraries to over 6.4 million statewide!

During this time we’ll be moving data from one system to another, resulting in limited access to some features:

  • The online catalog will be search-only. Call us to renew or request an item.
  • Returned items may still show as being checked out. This will be fixed on Jan. 25 and won’t cause overdue fines.

We will be in NC Cardinal, but borrowing from other libraries will be limited for another week while we verify that data has moved properly.

  • The online catalog will look different.
  • Your account PIN will reset to the last four digits of your phone number.
  • You’ll need to select Polk County to log intoNC Digital Library & NC Kids for ebooks and audiobooks. Your holds and checkouts won’t change.
  • You’ll only be able to request Polk-owned items (until Feb. 1.)

Full access to the NC Cardinal consortium becomes available!

  • Request books, movies, music and more from any NC Cardinal library and have them delivered to Columbus or Saluda, free of charge
  • Use your Polk County library card at Henderson and Buncombe County public libraries, or at any other NC Cardinal library.
  • Return your borrowed materials at any NC Cardinal library.

If you have questions about NC Cardinal, if you need help with a new feature, or you run into anything weird, please let us know! Call or visit either library, or email