Thank you for visiting Richland Library’s Newsroom. We hope to provide you access to information, surrounding our 13 locations, with regular updates through media alerts, news releases, photos and video.
Richland Library encourages customers to capture their visit – whether it be finding a favorite book, experiencing a library program, utilizing a meeting space or enjoying a guided tour.
We're happy to facilitate photo, video and media requests on Richland Library properties - both inside and outside of our buildings - that include - but are not limited to...
- posed sessions (engagement photos; family photos; business head shots; etc.);
- professional sessions; and
- commercialized sessions
Please contact the Community Relations Department in advance, so we can make the most of your visit and time. We ask for notice, at least two days in advance, but we will do our best to accommodate day-of requests.
Photo, video and media requests must fall in line with Richland Library’s Code of Conduct, meeting room policy and customer privacy policies. We reserve the right to intervene if these requests disrupt business, damage library property, inhibit customer access or cause safety hazards.
A reminder, permission to film doesn’t constitute implied or explicit endorsement of content.
Kimberlei Davis, M.Ed
Media Relations Coordinator
Anika V. Thomas, M.S.
Community Relations Manager
Richland Library and top community health experts discussed the lingering impacts of the pandemic for our state, county, and communities as well as the community cost of the COVID-19 pandemic, the updated CDC guidelines and vaccine hesitancy.
Dr. Jane Kelly, Assistant State Epidemiologist with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), discusses the latest developments on the different vaccines available, safety and efficacy, and eligibility.
Richland Library hosted a Community Tele-Town Hall with the newly-elected Richland County councilmembers—Derrek Pugh (District 2); Gretchen Barron (District 7); Overture Walker (District 8); Jesica Mackey (District 9) and Cheryl English (District 10). The townhall addressed the visions that each councilmember has for our community moving forward during these challenging times and issues that are important to constituents in their districts.
Census and Voter Registration
September 14, 2020
A special library event focused on the census and the voting process and what to expect on election day. Participants heard from Mayor Steve Benjamin, Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston, Richland County Voter Registration and Elections, Columbia Complete Count Committee and Latino Communications. Made possible in part due to funding from the United Way of the Midlands.
Resources for Kinship Caregivers
July 14, 2020
Our social workers hosted this event for kinship caregivers along with partners including the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Epworth Children's Homes, South Carolina Legal Services and the South Carolina Department of Education. The event provided caregivers (often grandparents and aunts/uncles) with answers to questions about caring for children and their rights and responsibilities.
Resources for Seniors
May 21, 2020
For this 60-minute tele-town hall, held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, 2020, we teamed up with some of our community partners to give hundreds of senior citizens in Richland County an opportunity to ask important questions about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests included representatives from Senior Resources, AARP SC, SC DHEC and Sheriff Leon Lott.
Resources for the Latino Community
April 9, 2020
In an attempt to share important information about education and medical assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, the Richland Library hosted a bilingual tele-town hall event to support families and caregivers in the Latino community.