Richland Library to Launch Read Freely Collections at Three Locations

With a commitment of getting materials into the hands of children and families over the summer, Richland Library is launching a new resource, titled the Read Freely Collections, on Thursday, July 16.

A total of nearly 5,000 books are heading to the following library locations:

-Southeast (7421 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia)
-Lower Richland (9019 Garners Ferry Rd., Hopkins)
-Eastover (608 Main St., Eastover)

They include selections for children, teens and adults. There are different types and genres to choose from, such as picture books, graphic novels, chapter books and bilingual books.

The Read Freely Collections are available in weather-proof shelving units underneath the awnings of the three library locations. Customers can borrow materials at their convenience, and once they're finished, they can return those materials in the book drops of any library location.

A reminder, limited services with minimal contact continue at the pick-up windows of four library locations (Ballentine; Northeast; Sandhills; St. Andrews), and all 13 locations remain closed in the interest of public safety.

For questions, please contact Emily Stoll at 803-587-3637 or email

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 13 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library provides a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

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