This 242,000 square foot library contains a huge selection of books and reference materials plus features programming ... More
Richland County Public Library
This 242,000 square foot library contains a huge selection of books and reference materials plus features programming activities that include storytimes for children, Internet access computers, legal seminars, cultural activities, and theatrical performances. The Main Library downtown is also home to more than 20 pieces of original artwork by noted artists.
I am completely surprised that there is only one five-year-old review of the library on here. RCPL goes above and beyond other libraries. Columbia is not really a large city, but the library easily can be compared to those in large urban areas.
The building itself is very nice, cool, well-lit, and well-maintained and is very interesting from an architectural standpoint as well. The children's floor is very nicely arranged and has a Maurice Sendak theme. If I had kids, I would gladly take them to the many story-telling events the library does frequently.
I find they get new books on a very regular basis. I currently am checking out Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, which just came out a couple of months before the library bought copies... very cool.
The library also offers career help like resume-writing and interviewing classes as well as classes for helping ESL speakers learn to speak English better. I've not been to any of these classes but I am impressed that they are offering them, because they are clearly useful and are completely free.
For being a completely free service, RCPL has not once let me down yet and I'll be happy to continue going there as long as I live here!
Love all the books and the place is design very nice
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 9/27/05
The library have won several awards like Library of the year and the library have a wonderful children service including shows and reading events. Weekends are full of events all ages would enjoy it. Overall experience was wonderful. The staff is so helpful.
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