The Walker Local History Room is located on the third level of the Richland County Public Library’s Main Library and is open during regular library hours.
Emphasis in the Walker Local History Room has been placed on collecting historical and family history information about the Midlands area of South Carolina, including Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry, Fairfield, Orangeburg, Sumter and Calhoun counties. The collection continues to grow through library funding and generous donations throughout the community.
While the print collection does not circulate, there are many resources available online. All of the local history photographs are available for viewing on Flickr. RCPL also maintains an online obituary index. Many of the oral histories are available to download through RCPL’s Overdrive. These resources are all available in the Digital Library.http://www.myrcpl.com
Workshops demonstrating RCPL’s online resources for family history research are available several times a year. There are also resources available to help students, businesses and homeowners with their historical research.
The Genealogy section in Research Tools includes links to South Carolina online resources and provides RCPL patrons with access to library-supported genealogy databases.