South Dakota Library

Find South Dakota libraries, such as state, town, city, public, private, college and university library branches. Libraries provide information on applications, borrowing books, ebooks, library programs, online databases and research.


What does a Library do?

A library does important work to provide educational resources for the community where it resides. Though many patrons at the library still visit for borrowing books, the library has expanded beyond that function. Librarians are the people who work at libraries, and their job has several elements. People often go to libraries to collect specific information, and it is a task of the librarian to ensure that people find the solutions that they are looking for. Librarians also create and maintain systems of organization, including how books are arranged on shelves and in online databases as well as other administrative tasks.

Today, libraries connect people to information through technology: this includes the use of ebooks, audiobooks, and general internet services. One of the main goals of a library is to promote literacy. This goal is achieved by offering literature and books to people for an affordable rate (often free) and by creating and facilitating programs and workshops that encourage and teach the development of reading skills.

Commonly asked questions about Libraries

Will people still use libraries when technology moves past written books?

Libraries will remain relevant because they are redefining their role as community learning centers in a way that extends beyond paperback books and traditional ideas. As centers full of technology, usable spaces, and community, libraries will be used by people for years because they are willing to evolve with the needs of communities.

How long have people used Libraries?

Libraries have been around for thousands of years. After several generations of developing as a means of storing literature around the world (even when written on stone tablets), the first example that is considered to have been comparable to a modern library was the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The Great Library of Alexandria was destroyed by fire during Caesar's War in 48 BC. Here in the U.S., Benjamin Franklin started the country's first library, the Library Company of Philadelphia, in 1731.

Which books have been checked out the most from Libraries?

That is a difficult question to answer, but a recent study suggests that the most read books of all time might be The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Shakespeare's collected works, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.