Welcome to the library. In order to make the library an inviting and safe place for all users, the Libraries’ Behavior Policy explains what behaviors are prohibited while visiting the Libraries. Please follow the policy to assure a positive visit for yourself and others.
Unacceptable behaviors include:
Study rooms and meeting rooms are available for group meetings and quiet study.
Please ask a staff member for assistance reserving a room.
The Library addresses violations of the behavior policy based on the situation.
Violations of the policy could result in verbal warnings or suspension of library services.
This information is adapted from the City of Rapid City Municipal Code and the Rapid City Public Library Behavior Policy.
It is the intent of this document to provide for public understanding of the purpose and nature of the library’s collections. The document is also intended to give guidance and direction to library staff for collection development and maintenance of a balanced collection to meet community needs, with minimal barriers to access.
The Rapid City Public Libraries offer in-library access to electronic information, services and networks as part of its mission to meet the personal, professional and educational information needs of the community.
The libraries filter computers in each of the library facilities. Upon request by patrons aged 18 years old or older, staff will turn off filters. Minors may use unfiltered Internet stations only if accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times during computer use, or if a parent or guardian has completed the Minor’s Internet Use Form. Unfiltered Internet is not available in those areas designated for youth access.
Library Card Registration Policy
Library cards for Rapid City and Pennington County residents are valid for two years from date of issue. Cards for persons living outside of Pennington County are valid for the term selected at the time of purchase (up to one year). In the event that the contract for county services terminates, county residents will be notified that their cards will expire on the date of the contract termination.
The person applying for and receiving a library card is expected to be the person using that card to check out materials and access services at the library.
Library cards are available to individuals or business owners in Rapid City and Pennington County, with a verified current physical address that identifies their place of residence or taxable business within Rapid City or the County. Post Office boxes and commercial mail service addresses may be used as a mailing address but may not be used as verification of physical address.
Refunds for lost material replacement are issued within 90 days with receipt when the item is returned in usable condition.
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