Keeping up with the digital age, Rapid City Public Library visitation pop

Published: Mar. 16, 2022 at 3:28 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Rapid City Public Library is reporting a sharp increase of 30-percent more visitors in 2021.

The library attributes the increase in borrowers to modernizing their systems, where they met what they called a “huge demand” by updating their website, printing capabilities, with remote and 3D options available, and providing internet access on site.

Laurinda Tapper, Public Relation Coordinator for the library, says they’re offering the extra resources to keep up to speed with the times.

”People need technology to be able to apply for jobs now,” explains Tapper. “This is just a great place where people can use a laptop, get a computer or use the Wi-Fi to apply for jobs, pay bills, open a bank account. So, we provide that access to keep up in the technological world.”

She says despite it being the digital age with things like research, movies and TV shows available, physical books are still being checked out at high rates.

She’s most proud that some 50-thousand people came and got help from a librarian last year, where nearly half a million items were checked out.

”To be a librarian,” says Tapper, “it actually takes a thirst for knowledge, and to find the correct source for the correct answer.”

Tapper says if you haven’t come by the library in a while that you should give a try, because it’s really changed over the years. She says they’re always trying to evolve to meet society’s needs.

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