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Storytelling in All its Vibrant Forms

Richland Library Cooper | Columbia, SC
Connecting generations to community living rooms, early childhood play, maker spaces, art studios, literature, and vibrant community events.
Services Visioning, Programming & Interior Renovation Completion: 2017 Area: 10,490 sq. ft. Budget: $1,926,500

Richland Library Cooper is reimagined to embody the community’s strong family values. Cooper serves generations of families who first visited as children and now bring their grandchildren. Retirees enjoy popping in every day to cheerful staff greetings that include a new book recommendation before gathering in the living room with friends. Designed to evoke the best bookstore in Columbia, books hang from the ceiling at the entry, and the entire youth services wing is dedicated to arts and literature. The interiors are a playful twist on southern colors and patterns, using the historic Charleston color palette familiar to this community. Cooper seamlessly merges the conventional library with the 21st century, providing these dedicated customers with endless opportunities to learn, create, and share.

Cooper is the neighborhood hub for arts, literacy, and community events, as well as a neighborhood gathering space equipped with the latest technology."
Heather Green, Manager