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Birds (Aviary Upstairs)
Book Clubs
Book Drop Locations
Bus Stop
Children's Picture Book Bins
Comments/Suggestions
Computer Classes
Copier for Public Use
Donations
Filters on Children's' Computers
Hours & Locations
Interlibrary Loans
Internet Access
IRS Forms
Library Cards and Lending Policies  
Library Newsletter
Meeting and Study Rooms
Notary Public
Number of Books in the Library
Obituaries
Online Databases
Parking
Pay Phone
Periodicals
Phone Books
Printing Capability
Public Fax Machine
Scanner for Public Use
Story Times
Volunteering
Wireless Internet
Word Processing

Hours and Locations
Rapid City Public Library Downtown - 610 Quincy St. Rapid City, SD 57701 - phone: 605-394-4171
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rapid City Public Library North - 10 Van Buren St. Rapid City, SD 57701 - phone: 605-716-4098
Monday-Thursday, 2:45 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 2:45 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rapid City Public Library East - 800 Mickelson Dr. Rapid City, SD 57703 - phone: 605-718-2904
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Book Drop Locations (map of locations)
Rapid City Public Library Downtown: 610 Quincy St, Rapid City, South Dakota
* A drive-thru drop off location is located in the covered parking area and is accessible through the alley.

Rapid City Public Library North: 10 Van Buren St, Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City Public Library East at WDT: 800 Mickelson Dr. Rapid City, SD 57703

West side location at  102 Federal Ave. (Corner of Federal and West Chicago St. by the firestation)

Library Newsletter
Our library newsletter is published once a month. You may subscribe online for emailed newsletters or stop by either library location to pick up a printed copy. 

Parking
2 hour metered parking is available Monday through Saturday.

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Bus Stop
A Rapid Ride bus stop is located on 6th St. near the Library's garage door. Ask for the Roosevelt Route to get to the library.

Phone Books
The Rapid City Public Library offers in-state phone books. We utilize web sites ( examples include switchboard.com or qwestdex.com ) to search for out-of-state phone numbers and addresses. 

Pay Phone
Our pay phone is located in the lobby of the main entrance to our facility. Calls are $.50 apiece. 

Library Cards and Lending Policies
Please see our Borrower's Guide for all information regarding library cards and our lending policies. 

Number of Books in the Library
The Rapid City Public Library currently has 147,000 books in our collection. 

Internet Access

We offer Internet Access computers that can be used for 60 minutes per day for library card holders. Time will be extended if no one else is waiting. We also offer computers for non-library card holders that can be used for up to 30 minutes per day. Computer use is based on a first come - first serve basis. Our 2nd floor also offers computers for research as well as educational games. Stop by the reference desk to register your library card for Internet use. Internet Use Policy

1) Non-cardholder Computer Reservations: Patrons without a library card may receive a temporary log-in and password from a Public Service desk or the Circulation desk to use a computer. If computers are all taken, reserve a computer at a reservation station.
2) Cardholder Computer Reservations: If you want use a computer as soon as possible, just sit down at an available computer and log on. If all computers are in use, reserve a computer at a reservation station.
3) Sessions: To ensure access to as many users as possible, patrons with a library card are allowed one sixty minute session a day.
•              If there is no-one waiting for a computer, your time will be extended automatically for 15 minute increments.
•              Non-card holders are allowed one 30 minute session a day with no extensions.

Wireless Internet
Wireless Access is available for our patrons who have laptops equipped with a wireless card. The connection access name is "PublicWireless".  Wireless printing is also available. Please see "Printing Capability" below.

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Word Processing
The Rapid City Public Library offers a self paced Microsoft Word tutorial and a computer devoted to word processing programs. 

Computer Classes
At this time, RCPL does not offer computer classes. Click the following link for a list of community computer classes. Computer Class Resources

Printing Capability
Patrons may print pages at the cost of $.15 per page. RCPL also offers wirless printing for patrons who bring in laptops or other devices to use with our wireless connection. Instructions for printing though our wireless connection

Copier for Public Use
Two copiers are available for public use. One is located on the first floor across from the Perk It Up Coffee Shop, the other one on the 2nd floor in Youth Services. Copies cost .15 cents per copy. 

Public Fax Machine
Currently we do not offer a public fax machine. However, there are businesses close by that offer this service. Please ask at the reference desk for a list of those businesses. 

Scanner for Public Use
Scanning is available from our printer/copier. The machine scans directly to a USB drive. If you don't have a USB drive, they are for sale in the 2nd flood vending machine for $5.00.  

Periodicals
Current and back-issues are available. All but the current month's issue may be checked out. See the Borrower's Guide for more information. 

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
If you are interested in an interlibrary loan, please use our "Suggest A Purchase" form.

Online Databases
The library offers many useful online databases including databases for business, literature, students, legal forms and language. Click here to view a complete list of databases offered. 

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Meeting and Study Rooms
Meeting Rooms and Study Rooms are available to patrons. Please see our Meeting Rooms and Study Rooms pages for more information and to make reservations online. 

Notary Public
Stop by the business office at the downtown library to have a document notarized. 

Book Clubs
We support book clubs by providing "Books to Go". This service includes a book bag with 6 books of one title plus a guide to help your book group have an enjoyable reading experience. Our Books to Go bags can be found hanging on the wall next to the Book Sale area on the first floor of the library. 

Filters on the Children's Computers
With the Supreme Court Ruling of the Children's Internet Protection Act, filtering software has been placed on the youth department computers. 

Story Times
The library offers weekly and monthly story times. Click here to see the story time schedule. 

Children's' Picture Book Bins
The picture book bins, located around the outer wall on the second floor, are organized alphabetically by the first letter of an author's last name. 

Birds (Aviary Upstairs)
The birds in the aviary on the second floor are leased to us from an organization called Living Design, INC., which is based out of Worthing, South Dakota. The Rapid City Public Library's facilities operators take part in the day to day care of the birds while Living Design, INC. checks the birds quarterly. 

IRS Forms
Go to www.irs.gov for tax forms and publications. The Federal Building located at 515 Ninth Street (between Main and St. Joseph) also has tax forms and publications.

Obituaties
For help locating obituaries, please contact the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research

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Comments/Suggestions
Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions here

Donations
If you are interested in donating books or other materials, please call 605-394-6139.
If you would like to donate money, please see the Rapid City Library Foundation page.
Monetary contributions can also be mailed to:
Rapid City Library Foundation
PO Box 1015
Rapid City, SD 57709

Volunteering
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this page to apply online or call 394-6139 ext. 2230 

 

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