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What's Next for Your Library?

In November 2013, Richland County residents passed a $59 million bond referendum that will enhance library locations over the next several years.

Thanks to the support of many, we are positioned to adapt our facilities to be true community centers focused on learning and access to technology.

Please Join Us for a Conversation about Building and Renovation Plans

Our goal is to update all library locations* to better fit the way customers use the library today. Community Conversations regarding building or rennovation plans will be held this fall at their respective locations according the this schedule:

Richland Library Ballentine

  • September 10th 6:00 PM
  • September 11th  11:00 AM, 4:00 PM

Richland Library Blythewood

  • October 23rd   2:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Richland Library Cooper

  • December 4th  12:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Read on for more good information:

As of March 1, 2014:

  • The library has hired M.B. Kahn to manage the building efforts and help maximize every dollar by enlisting the expertise of those who specialize in construction logistics.
  • The library has also hired a design group -- the Boudreaux Group of Columbia; McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture of Greenville; and Margaret Sullivan Studio of New York -- to oversee the reconfiguration of Richland Library Main.
  • We continue to host community conversations that further define the specific needs for each library location.
    • Three community conversations were held at Richland Library Main in November, 2013.
    • Two community conversations were held on December 5, 2013 at Richland Library Sandhills.
    • Email and web surveys are planned for customers who’d like to give input digitally. Customers are also being encouraged to share input and ideas via email to DesignFreely@RichlandLibrary.com.
  • An internal Building Advisory Group and an external Expert Group have been established to help inform staff on design and best practices.
  • We are developing a “Building Your Library” online presence to highlight progress on these projects. Information will be organized along what we are planning, what we are doing, and what has been done. Expect regular updates.

Later in 2014

  • Additional details about construction timelines will be available by the end of 2014.
  • We expect the design period for each project to take seven – 10 months, depending on the amount of work being planned.


  • By 2015, customers should expect to see the first phase of construction and enhancements at multiple Richland Library locations. The first three capital needs projects include:
    1. Richland Library Main (renovation)
    2. Richland Library North Main (renovation)
    3. Richland Library Sandhills (new)


  • All of the projects outlined in the library’s 2014-2017 Capital Needs Plan should be in some phase of implementation by 2016. Some may already be finished, while others are mid construction or just wrapping up the final planning stages.

We're planning your neighborhood library and we want your help. Send your ideas, inspirations, and even photos to DesignFreely@RichlandLibrary.com.

* Richland Library Eastover reopened April 30, 2013 thanks to a USDA grant and matching funds from Richland County. No further plans are in place for this location at this time.