Dell Rapids Carnegie Library

Dell Rapids Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Public Library was the culmination of a 10-year effort by the leading women in Dell Rapids to have a modern library constructed in town. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie offered $6,000 toward the building if the City would pledge $500 annually for operating expenses. On March 16, 1910, the library was dedicated.

In the summer of 2014, the library underwent a building renovation and expansion project, doubling the size of the library and making it ADA accessable. The Dell Rapids Carnegie Library was rededicated in May 2015.

Today, the library provides a variety of materials including books, magazines, newspapers, audiobooks and DVDs. The library also offers the following programs and services to the community:

  • Reading challenges for children, teens and adults
  • Programs/classes for children, teens and adults
  • Book delivery within the city limits for members of the library
  • Interlibrary loan for patrons interested in materials not in the local collection
  • Computer and software access, as well as, WiFi
  • Printing, copies and faxing
  • Braille and Talking Book Program 
  • ZoomText and Desktop Magnifyer 

The mission of the Carnegie Public Library of Dell Rapids is to uphold the public's freedom of access to information and promote the use of materials and services meeting the needs of the personal, educational, and professional community.