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What's Hot This March
Posted on February 22, 2017 at 7:10AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Come out and enjoy the lovely spring weather this month! Read on for a roundup of things to do below and check out our calendar of events for everything else going on all month ...
Your Guide to All Things Green: St. Pat's in Five Points
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 12:25PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Blarney! On March 18th, Columbia, SC will become a sea of green for the 35th Annual St. Pat's in Five Points celebration. And you're in luck, because we have everything you need to know ...
Top 10 Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Weekend in Columbia, SC
Posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:56AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Be in the know and travel on the path to totality in the "Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast," Columbia, SC. The entire region is hosting eclipse-related events throughout the long weekend ...
What's Hot This February
Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:51AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Short on days, but long on fun, February is jam-packed. Keep reading for our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
Smell the Roses in Columbia, SC This Valentine's Day
Posted on January 19, 2017 at 12:27PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia has been struck with Cupid's arrow and we have everything you need to know to plan the perfect Valentine's Day.   Posted by Conquest Brewing Co., Inc. on Friday, ...
What's Hot This January
Posted on December 30, 2016 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Happy New Year! Hit the ground running in 2017 with concerts, exhibits, events and more happening all over town this month. Read on for our roundup of things to do below, then check out ...

Richland Library

  • 1431 Assembly Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-799-9084
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 am - 9 pm; Friday - Saturday 9 am - 6 pm, Sunday 2 - 6 pm.
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Richland Library, a facility open to all people, is a perfect place to discover, observe and establish an appreciation of the arts and literature. Special programs, exhibits, theatrical performances and literary readings for all age groups - as well as collection, resources and services - helped attract more than 1.8 million visitors to the library in 2005.

The Children's Room features a mural of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," making the library the first and only place where the renowned author has allowed his work to be used as public art. The Main Library is also home to a permanent collection of South Carolina art, including works by Blue Sky, Jean McWhorter and Philip Simmons, and special exhibits appear in the Wachovia Gallery throughout the year.

Based on the artist-in-residence concept, the library's Literary Residency program draws on the talents of area writers, actors and scholars to provide creative literary and historical presentations, lectures and workshops. The programs span many arts and humanities disciplines, always with a multicultural focus. More than 28,000 people attended the library's free programs and events in 2005.

The Richland Library is recognized as a leader among libraries in the Southeast and across the United States. Innovative programs and services, outstanding staff, a strong Friends of RCPL organization and a community that eagerly supports its public library helped RCPL become the 2001 National Library of the Year. RCPL is the only county organization to be recognized with two prestigious state awards: the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts from the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Governors' Awards in the Humanities from the South Carolina Humanities Council.

The Richland Library system includes a 242,000-square foot Main Library, located in Uptown Columbia on the corner of Assembly and Hampton Streets, nine branches and a bookmobile, with a collection of more than 1.2 million pieces.

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Southern Guitar Festival and Competition

June 10-11, 2017
Location: Richland Library
Times: Saturday: 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM | Sunday: 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
The Southern Guitar Festival and Competition (SGFC) is a two-day event that will be held in Columbia, SC. During the festival, two concerts will be presented that will feature up to 10 local and ...More»
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