Rapid City Public Libraries

Rapid City Public Library

Research

The Rapid City Public Libraries offer many different online resources to help with research of all kinds. Including: continued education, homework help, language study, business, health, genealogy and more!

Browse Research and Database Resources

Flood of 1972
On June 9, 1972 a disastrous flood swept through Rapid City, taking the lives of 238 residents and resulting in millions of dollars in damages.  The Flood of 1972 website consolidates information about this devastating event, and includes photographs, oral histories, written memories, radio and television broadcasts, and other documents. 

Local Historic Archives
In this original collection of content from Rapid City Public Library and Black Hills Knowledge Network you will find a wide assortment of historical documents, books, images, articles and much more. The digital collections cover the Black Hills region and are contributed to by partner libraries.​

Local Resource Pages
Major events and trends in Rapid City's history including biographies of all past mayors.

Oral History Project
The Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with residents of Rapid City and the surrounding area who share stories, insights, and information about the history of the community. If you wish to take part in this project or know someone who would be interested in participating, please contact the Rapid City Public Library's business office at (605) 394-4171 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Calvin Coolidge and the Summer White House​​
When President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace decided to spend the summer of 1927 in the Black Hills of South Dakota, they altered the course of the region's history. Bringing international attention to a forgotten corner of the American landscape, Coolidge's decisions that summer shaped the history of the nation. During their time in the Black Hills, the Coolidge's fished, hiked, rode horses, watched rodeos and visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This virtual exhibit memorializes and interprets their summer in the Black Hills.

South Dakota Digital Archives
South Dakota State Historical Society's online collection of government documents, manuscript collections, and photographs. Contains over 70,000 items with new content added weekly.

Digital Library of South Dakota​
A collaboration of the libraries of six Board of Regents colleges and universities in the state of South Dakota.

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