To get a library card, bring in a photo ID and proof of current residential address or property ownership. Residents of Rapid City or Pennington County and those receiving assistance at a local agency that assists individuals who are homeless or living in transitional housing are eligible for resident library cards.
If you do not qualify for a resident library card, you may get a non-resident card for $8.25 per month or $99 per year.
You can also Register Online if you're unable to come to the library. If you register online, you will be limited to 2 checkouts and reduced digital services until you bring a photo ID and proof that you own or lease property in Rapid City or Pennington County to the library.
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 ePRINTit app, upload your document(s) and search nearby to find Rapid City Public Library.
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.
The library will monitor the exam for the duration provided by the institution.
The library will include an exam location in your confirmation. Depending upon the activity in the library, a study room may or may not be available and noise levels will vary.
The library will follow instructions and provide materials sent by the testing institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm test materials are received before the day of the exam.
Library staff will not sign any statement required by your institution that is outside library policy or procedure. If we are unable to proctor your exam, we will notify you ahead of time.
The library will submit any required material to the contact information provided by your institution.
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.
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!