Progress Tracker

community feedback design bid construction


Renovation Plans 

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 242,000 square foot facility: 

  • Additional public meeting spaces
  • 75 seat screening room
  • Garden Level Entrance
  • Enlarged storytime room
  • First Level Auditorium
  • New Local and Family History Center


Architectural Highlights:

  • New Furniture 
  • Locally inspired custom flooring
  • State-of-the-art digital signage

Focus Areas:

  • Arts and Literature
  • Career Advancement
  • Education and Growth
  • Teen Engagement

Floor Plans & Renderings 

Floor Plans 

Garden Level Garden Level
First Floor First Floor
Second Floor Second Floor
Third Floor Third Floor

Location Manager

Tracy Allen
Our renovations perfectly coincide with the revitalization efforts throughout downtown Columbia. We are excited about our new spaces, design and restructured collections.  We hope our new spaces will enhance your library experiences. We strive to connect people through library events, material and spaces. What a great time to live in the capital city and be a member of Richland Library. I’m honored to be a member of the Richland Library team!

Public Art


Enid Williams

Staff fell in love with the work of SC artist Enid Williams on display at the If  ART gallery. Our design team connected with Enid Williams and Milliken & Company and voila, custom flooring based on Williams’ work was produced for the Main Library renovation. Enid will also create art for our new Ballentine location.


Kimi Maeda

Kimi Maeda is a Japanese-American theatre artist based in Columbia, South Carolina.  She will be creating a "shadow tunnel" leading into the new children's story time room at the Main Library.  This interactive art piece will enable children to create puppet shows and play with shadows.


Marius Valdes

The Richland Library commissioned Marius Valdes to create a permanent art installation made from over 5000 hand drawn bookmarks on a 50 x 9 foot entrance wall  for the newly renovated  Teen area at Richland Library Main.  Many of the bookmarks will be created by Valdes with help from the community. Doodle kits are being distributed to both library customers  and several local schools. Each kit contains blank bookmarks, sharpies  and directions so that community members can be a part of this art project.