To get a library card, bring in a photo ID and proof of current residential address or property ownership.
If you do not qualify for a resident library card, you may get a non-resident card for $115 per year.
If you have questions, please call the library or speak to a staff member.
Manage My Account?
Access your library account online to view your current checkouts, change your password, reserve material for pickup later, change how the library contacts you and opt in to track your reading history.
Meeting rooms are available on a first come, first served basis and may be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Friday thru Sunday. Any meetings taking place outside hours the library are open to the public, require one week of advance notice and will be charged the following fees:
Notary services are available at no cost during library hours. A valid photo ID is required for each person who will be signing your document. Simply stop by the library and let a staff member know you need a notary.
Public Wi-Fi is available inside the building during regular hours and can also be accessed near the building outside daily from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. No password is required. Connect to: CityOfRapidCity-Guest.
Use a Library Computer
Library computers are available during regular open hours and may be used for up to 3 hours per day with a valid library account or a computer access account.
Patrons can also check out a laptop for use in the library with a valid account, but are required to leave a photo ID as collateral.
For assistance getting a library account or computer access account, please contact the library or see the Get a Library Account section above.
Once you've sent a print job from one of the library's computers, it can be completed at either print release station by entering your library card number and following the on-screen prompts.
Printing costs are posted at the printers and are found in the Loan Periods, Fines and Fees Policy. Payment can be made with cash or credit card. Please note that when paying with a credit card from the print release station, a $10 hold will be placed on your account. The $10 hold will be replaced with your actual charges within 48 hours.
You can print documents from anywhere and pick them up from the library by using mobile printing services:
By App - For use on IOS or Android devices. Search for "Public Print Locations" in the App Store or Google Play store. Install the Public Print Locations ePRINTit app, upload your document(s) and search nearby to find Rapid City Public Library. Please note that ePrintIt Mobile is a different app. If you're unable to download the Public Print Locations app, please use another method to print.
By Website – Go to ePRINTit upload a document from your computer and enter your user information.
Print jobs will stay in the queue for 24 hours and can be picked up at the library's Drive-thru on 610 Quincy St. You will need to provide the username you used to submit the document in order to pick up your print.
To have a Fax sent to the library, use the following number: 1(605)566-7176
The long distance 1 must be included regardless of the location the fax is sent from.
Faxes not picked up within 5 days will be deleted. The library offers free fax services, but printing costs still apply per the Loan Periods, Fines and Fees Policy.
1.) Verify your institution accepts all library proctoring guidelines which are listed above.
2.) On or before your test date, pay the $20 proctoring fee. This charge is waived if you have a Rapid City Public Library card.
3.) Reserve a Proctoring Time in one of the study rooms at least three (3) days before the desired test date. Library staff will review the request and send a confirmation if that date and time will work.
4.) Once your proctoring session is confirmed, arrange for your institution to send the exam material, contact information, and passwords for tests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your institution is mailing material, please have it sent to:
Rapid City Public Library
Attention: Test Proctoring
610 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
5.) Verify the library has received your test materials before your test date.
1.) Please arrive before your scheduled test start time. If you need additional set up time, include that when scheduling your test.
2.) Check in at the front desk to notify staff that you are here for a proctored test.
3.) Provide postage and mailing supplies if not provided by the school. Pay the $20 fee if needed.
4.) Please do not bring items restricted by your institution to your test. During your test, the library cannot be responsible for holding these items.
Sign Up for Home Delivery?
Home Delivery Service allows eligible patrons to have materials selected and delivered by volunteers on a monthly basis. The service is available to those who have a physical barrier to library services including temporary or permanent disability, injury or illness. Delivery is limited to residents who live within the Rapid City Area Schools district inside Pennington County. There is no cost for this service.
Materials that may be delivered include books, books on CD, magazines, DVDs and e-readers. These materials check out for 6 weeks and may be renewed one time. There are never overdue fines; however, fees for lost or damaged materials will be assessed as necessary.
Rapid City Public Library offers a wide range of databases for research purposes. View our Research page to access databases, digital archives, and library research projects. Follow the link to Browse our Entire Collection of Online Resources to see a listing of all the databases by subject. Please contact the library if you have questions about conducting research. We are available through email, online chat, text (605) 593-0380, or phone (605) 394-6139.
Looking for an obituary? You may reserve the library's microfilm reader to access old newspapers for up to two hours per day. Reserve the microfilm reader here. For ancestry research or help locating obituaries, please contact the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research. If you live outside of Pennington County but know the date of the obituary, please contact your local library to place an interlibrary loan request on your behalf. They will need to contact the South Dakota State Historical Society to borrow specific microfilm reels for a fee.
Learn About Library Events?
View our online Events Calendar to learn about library events and sign up for programs that require registration. To receive information about library news and events, sign up for our monthly email newsletter.
Library volunteers help by pulling materials, delivering materials to home delivery patrons, cleaning, processing materials and more. If you're interested in volunteering for the library and have questions, contact Stephanie at (605) 394-6139 extension 1730.
The library's drive-thru return is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items will be checked in during library open hours.
Please note that some large items like board games, oversize books and book bags do not fit through the return slots and will need to be returned during regular library hours.
To Pick Up a Hold
After placing a hold on materials, the library will contact you once it's available.
When picking up library materials at the drive-thru, please bring your library card, pull up to the window, press the call button and let staff know that you have a hold. Library staff will do the rest!
Apply for a job?
At the Library
When there's a position available at the library, it will be advertised on the Rapid City's Human Resources page.
The library accepts books, art and other materials.
Persons interested in donating books should contact the library in advance to schedule a time for review; donations of books and other materials will be reviewed by library staff before being accepted. Donated items must be in like-new or very good condition and if considered for the collection, are subject to the same criteria as for purchased materials. Accepted donations that the library does not add to the collection are given to the Friends of the Library or other community non-profit agencies for sale or disposal.
The following materials are not accepted as donations:
Magazines, newspapers, textbooks, or encyclopedias
VHS, record albums, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, or computer software
Soiled, mildewed, written in, or otherwise damaged or heavily-worn items
Monetary gifts are accepted by the Rapid City Library Foundation on behalf of the library. If the donor wishes specific items to be purchased, they must fall within the library's collection development policy.
Call 211 on your phone for local resources and services including information about government assistance, help preparing taxes, food assistance, and mental health assistance.
Or go to the Helpline Center online for a listing of services.
If you need additional assistance, we are available by phone at (605) 394-6139, e-mail, online chat, or text at (605) 593-0380. You can also Book a Librarian for one on one help. We look forward to answering your questions!