How do I access ebooks?

Library patrons with a valid library card from the Foothills Consortium (formerly known as the CMC Consortium) are eligible to use the North Carolina Digital Library.

The North Carolina Digital Library is the library’s main resource for eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults. The NC Kids’ Digital Library provides access to materials appropriate for elementary school aged children and is available to all libraries throughout the state thanks to funding from the State Library of North Carolina. To access from either (or both) resources, you will need to download the Libby app from your device’s app store (Google Play or App Store).

Download and install Libby.

Open the app and click YES when asked if you have a library card.

Next select I’ll Search for a Libraryor you can use the Guess My Library Feature (this feature uses your location information to find the libraries closest to you).

Enter your zip code when prompted if you chose I’ll Search for a Library.

The result list will show both the NC Digital Library and the NC Kids’ Digital Library. Your library card and PIN will work with both resources. Begin by choosing NC Digital Library.

When asked to choose a location you will need to select Foothills Consortium. 

When asked for your library card number it is the 14-digit number under the barcode on your library card. You will enter it without any spaces. Your PIN will be the last 4 digits of that barcode number. If you had a different PIN beforewe migrated to NCCardinal, your PIN was changed to the last 4 digits of your card number.

In order to add the NC Kids’ Digital Library, you will select the Libby icon in the upper right-hand section of the screenYou will then need to choose to add a library. It will ask for your zip code. Then you will see a list that will show the NC Kids’ Digital Library and you may choose that one.You may then switch between libraries by selecting the Libby icon in the top right corner of the screen and picking the one that you want to use.

You are then ready to start “checking out materials”. You may search for a book or go exploring by genres, etc. There is also an option under explore to only look at available titles. If all copies of a title that you want is checked out, you may place a hold request on that item.

The North Carolina Digital Library is paid for and provided to the Foothills consortium by the Rutherford County Library System.

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