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What's Hot This December
Posted on November 22, 2016 at 7:03AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Holiday celebrations, special events around town and a number of museum exhibits are all in store for December. Check out our roundup of things to do below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Holiday Season: Your Guide to Columbia, SC Festivities
Posted on November 2, 2016 at 9:12AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Get ready to give thanks, gather with family and friends and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season is officially upon us and we have everything you need to know about ...
What's Hot This Halloweekend: Tricks, Treats and Terrors
Posted on October 28, 2016 at 6:00AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Halloween is here, so gather up some ghosts and goblins and get witchy this weekend at a number of events and activities going on around town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Walk for Life, Bridge Dinner and Halloween Fun
Posted on October 21, 2016 at 7:39AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Gear up for an action-packed weekend full of events, concerts, food and more! Continue reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything that's going ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC State Fair, Restaurant Week and Oktoberfests
Posted on October 14, 2016 at 6:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
What do funnel cakes, frights and flying monkeys have in common? You can experience all of these and more this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Festivals, Oz and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 28, 2016 at 7:18AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Autumn is in the air and a weekend full of fun events and activities are in store! Continue reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's going on in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Okra, Fall Festivals and Country Music
Posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:04AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Summer may be over, but there's still a ton of things to do this weekend! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Jubilee, Greek Festival and Gamecock Football
Posted on September 16, 2016 at 7:11AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Football, festivals and fitness, oh my! This weekend has all the fixin's to get you ready for fall. Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Maroon 5, Roller Derby and Festivals
Posted on September 9, 2016 at 6:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
September is moving full steam ahead with a jam-packed schedule of events this weekend. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...

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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