Library Branch Expansion Reflects Unique Collaboration
On Friday May 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Western Dakota Tech Commons Area, officials will break ground for the new Rapid City Public Library East Branch. Construction and management of the new library will be undertaken by a unique partnership of local government entities including theRapid CityAreaSchools, the City ofRapid City andPenningtonCounty.
The new branch will provide more convenient access to library services to residents of the Rapid Valley area. It will also serve as a fully functioning academic library for the students of Western Dakota Tech. The general public will have full access to the library and library card holders will be able to take advantage of all library services.
“The Rapid City Public Library continues to anticipate patron needs,” said Greta Chapman, Library director. “Given the pace and direction of growth in the city and Pennington County, this new location helps ensure that we are providing access to library services to all members of our community.”
The ground-breaking also reflects the culmination of years of planning and collaboration between the city, county and school district as they have worked to create a shared facility that would meet the needs of each entity’s constituents. According to Chapman, “It’s a win-win for everyone. The new library will contribute to the vibrancy of WDT, create more options for library patrons on the east side of Rapid City and help Pennington County provide improved access to library services to residents who live outside the city.“