In 2002, after several years of planning, the Rapid City Public Library presented an expansion plan to the City’s Vision 2012 capital improvements program. Approval for a new 19,000 sq. ft. addition to be built above the west parking lot was given on the condition of the library successfully raising $500,000. The Library Foundation successfully raised over $650,000.
The project also provided renovation funds to convert the old entrance to a solarium, the creation of a South Dakota Research and Genealogy Room, study room additions and Reference Desk improvement.
In 2002, the Youth Services department was moved upstairs into the new expansion space which included an expanded Young Adult area, study rooms, aviary, and reading loft for young children. A dedication ceremony for the new expansion took place on September 21st.
Today, the Rapid City Public Library has two locations: The main branch Downtown and a North branch at General Beadle Elementary.
The libraries offer a variety of services and conveniences including: online and mobile reference services, several downloadable collections, programming for people of all ages, Internet and Wi-Fi access, Homebound Delivery, books for book clubs, Special Collections, and meeting and study rooms.
In 2008, USA Today ranked the Rapid City Public Libraries as one of the top ten libraries to visit in the country. Each year close to half a million people visit the Rapid City Public Libraries and for three consecutive years, the library has circulated over a million items.
For a more detailed look at the Rapid City Public Libraries, watch Library Director Greta Chapman's 2013 State of the Library address.
Links & Resources
Search the library catalog
History of the Rapid City Public Library
Library Department Information Summary
Board of Trustees webpage with member index, links to agendas, and Speaker Request Forms