7 Things You May Not Know about Richland Library

Columbia, SC- In an effort to address the value of libraries across the country, there's a special celebration planned from Sunday, April 7 - Saturday, April 13. Richland Library is recognizing 2019 National Library Week, which highlights the significance of these institutions and their staff.

This year's theme is "Libraries = Strong Communities," and at Richland Library, our staff offer countless resources, services and programs that focus on everything from children's literacy and creative entrepreneurship to social services and career development.

We want to share seven tidbits - one for each day this week - to see how familiar you are with Richland Library. Did you know...

More than 232,000 people have a Richland Library card.

Over the last four years, Richland Library has renovated and reconfigured our 11 existing locations, thanks to the $59 million bond referendum that Richland County residents passed back in 2013. Each location now features a destination piece, such as the recording studio at Richland Library North Main, the 250-seat auditorium at Richland Library Sandhills and the Teaching Kitchen at Richland Library Northeast.

Throughout 2018, our staff offered more than 4,000 programs for children, teens and adults across the library system.

Richland Library is the only library in the state of South Carolina to offer a Social Work Department, and we're one of less than 50 libraries in the country.

There are more than 45 meeting spaces available across the library system. These highly sought-after spaces are flexible, and they support community collaboration and group discussions.

The Makerspace and Woodshop at Richland Library Main offer access to high-tech equipment, free of charge. We're talking about an air compressor, belt/spindle sander, Dremel, mitre saw and wood burning tools.

Around 20 people are working toward an accredited high school diploma as part of Richland Library's new program, Career Online High School. We're the only library in the Carolinas to offer this program.

What do you love most about Richland Library? We'd love to hear from you on our social channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to include the following hashtags: #LibrariesStrong; #NationalLibraryWeek; and #LibrariesTransform.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email estoll@richlandlibrary.com.

About Richland Library
Awarded the National Medal in 2017 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 12 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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