A Richland County Public Library card is an amazing thing! You can do so much more than just check out books from the Richland County Public Library – you can also download materials, attend classes and do so much more!
As of this writing in June 2017, ALL of the Richland County Public Libraries are undergoing an extensive renovation to modernize their facilities and services. Some of the features discussed in this article will be available in the near future as these renovations are complete.
Here are some of our favorite things about the Richland County Public Library:
- Play Freely Bus delivers books to local community spots and under-served areas. They also have a puppet stage, Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and other fun features!
- Reserve a meeting room for FREE! The Richland County Public Library generously offers their meeting rooms FREE for nonprofit uses.
Download free movies, audio books, e-books and more!
The library offers the following online subscription services for patrons:
- FREE music downloads from Freegal! You can download and keep up to 5 downloads per week! Freegal’s database has over 7 million songs and videos, including Sony Music’s catalog of artists. There are no DRM protections on these files – you can keep and use them forever!
- FREE movie & TV show streaming! Just click here to learn more.
- FREE eBook downloads are provided by Overdrive, Hoopla and cloudLibrary
- FREE audiobooks are provided by Overdrive.
- Free magazines are available via Zinio and Flipster.
Record a hit and more at some of the Richland County Public Library’s coolest spaces!
Record a hit in the recording studio at Richland Library North Main. You’ll find a full recording studio with state-of-the-art audio editing equipment and software. Book a session and record your next hit now!
Build something amazing in the Makerspace at Richland Library Sandhills! Guided and open lab sessions invite you to tinker, experiment and create with the amazing, state-of-the-art tools in the Makerspace. Makerspaces are also being added to the following locations: Ballentine, Blythewood, Southeast, St. Andrews
Create a stunning work of art in the Studio at Richland Library Sandhills! Draw, paint, sculpt and more in both guided and open studio art sessions.
Get a job with help from Richland County Public Library!
If you need help with your job search, Richland County Public Library can help! They can help you modify your resume, practice interview skills and find job listings. They have loads of online resources for job seekers, also!
Visit one-on-one with the career coaches in Business, Careers and Research Center. They also have an on-site Networking Center where you can participate in a professional webinar, virtual interview or meeting.
Job seekers can use any of the 18 dedicated computers for up to three hours at a time. You can also get one-on-one assistance with resumes, applications, interviews, career assessments, job search tools, networking strategies and online presence development (such as LinkedIn) and more. Classes, practice interviews, resume development classes, networking groups, resources and more are available on a scheduled basis.
Learn new skills with online and offline Richland County Public Library resources!
Book a learning coach to help with a research project! Just call (803) 929-3400 or fill out this appointment form to get an uninterrupted one-on-one session with one of these rock star learning coaches.
Learn a new language from Mango.com! Mango offers instruction in Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, English and more.
Learning Express Library provides test preparation for job and college placement tests, citizenship exams, and occupational licensing exams. You can get help preparing for tests like ACT, AP, ASVAB, CLEP, COMPASS, GED, LSAT, MCAT, PSAT, SAT, US. Citizenship and more!
Learn computer and software skills from Lynda.com. More than 3,500 online courses are available, covering topics from animation to programming and more!
Browse the library’s extensive online database subscriptions! You can use the Richland County Public Library website from home to access databases related to auto repair, business, law, investments, encyclopedias and more.
Attend on-site classes and events at the library! Listen to stories, meet famous authors and complete craft projects in a fun community environment. You can learn everything from basic computer skills to complex career skills in these classes. Search the catalog by location, age or more now!
Kids & teens can enjoy special services!
Growing Readers encourages children to learn to read with customized book recommendations, arts, crafts, songs and fingerplays.
Enjoy an interactive play space at the Cooper, Eastover, Northeast, Sandhills and Wheatley locations! It’s part of the new renovation.
Experience a dedicated teen space in the new Northeast, Southeast and St. Andrews renovation!
Get FREE live online tutoring between 3pm and 11pm every day via Tutor.com. Tutoring is available for students between kindergarten and college.
EdVenture Children’s Museum includes a small Richland Library spot where you can check out books! The location includes a puppet stage, theater area, puzzles and books for children of all ages.
Disabled adults can receive special services, too.
Books to You delivers hand-selected books to homebound patrons who are at least 60 years old. Compassionate volunteers spend some time visiting and getting to know the customer during the delivery. To register for this service, please call (803) 929-3416 or email [email protected]
ADA Computers are available at Richland Library Main.