Current Projects

Give the Gift of Lifelong Learning! 

The Rapid City Public Library needs the support of individuals, companies, and philanthropic foundations to ensure that this dynamic institution can continue its long and proud service into the future.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Library Foundation will provide a continuing source of income and ensure that the community will always have the library's resources available.

Giving Banner

Endowment Campaign: 2019

Mobile Library / Technology, Culture and Education Project:

We hope to 'drive' the multi-faceted learning and educational opportunities of the Rapid City Public Library: resources, technology, programs, career-healthy living information, and print/entertainment/research materials "out" to the community via a fully-equipped mobile library center staffed by credentialed librarians. The idea centers on the concept of our libraries as the hub of life-long learning, multi-faceted cultural experiences and the need for new century skill sets with technology for our citizens.

Upcoming Events

Make a Donation

 Books for Babies Program:

Books for Babies, in partnership with the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation and Children's Miracle Network, provides new parents with a "My First Library Card Pack" that includes a book for their newborn child, as well as information about no-cost programs promoting early literacy offered by the Rapid City Public Library. Literacy begins at home, well before children start school, and parental involvement in early literacy has been shown to effect a child's school rediness, academic performance, and social and emotional development. Approximately 170 babies born every month at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Make a Donation

CHAOS Makerspace

A new community space offering resources and tools to enhance learning through science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics using 21st century equipment. A gathering place for makers of every skill level and all ages to create in a hands-on environment with tons of possibilities...enhancing educational programming through the use of new tools like: 3-D Printers, various "Bots", circuitry, Keva Planks, and more!



Past Projects

I Write History: 2018-2019

Author Friendship Tea: 2017
Featuring authors Joseph Bottum and Sandra Brannan 

Maurice Sendak Exhibit: 2017

Rapid City Historical Collections Room: 2015

The Rapid City Historical Collections Room is a collection of books, documents and online resources on Rapid City history and genealogy. The room is climate controlled to house and protect rare documents and books. Oral Histories on the varied history of Rapid City are collected by staff and made available for use in the library; subject matter includes all aspects of daily life in Rapid City as experienced firsthand by the narrators, e.g. the 1972 Flood and other natural disasters, news events, etc. People are encouraged to give or loan for digitization, materials to be included in collection.

Space Reconfiguration, Downtown Library : 2007 

A new space use plan helped the downtown library maximize its facility to better meet patron needs, while still anticipating future growth. The new plan offered quiet study zones, made popular materials easier to find, and provided multiple service points.

 Expansion of the Downtown Library : 2001 

downtown outside-web

In 2001, the Rapid City Public Library was granted approval for a 19,000 sq. ft. addition to the downtown library, on the condition that the Library raise $500,000. The Library Foundation exceeded that goal, raising $600,000 for a new Youth Services department that was constructed above the west parking lot. The old entrance was converted to a solarium and a coffee shop was added.

Author Events

  • 2017, Sandra Brannan
  • 2017, Joseph Bottum
  • 2015, Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner
  • 2012, Richard Paul Evans
  • 2010, C.J. Box
  • 2007, Matthew Bogdanos
  • 2006, Senator George McGovern
  • 2005, Dan O'Brien
  • 2005, Alexandra Fuller
  • 2004, Stephanie Kane
  • 2003, Kent Meyers