The Blue Rapids Public Library is the oldest library west of the Mississippi in continuous operation in the same building. It was the second Marshall County site to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On June 27, 1874 the Lady's Library was opened in a store. They had managed to secure 143 books from donations. Later, a lot on the east side of the Square was donated by the Town Company as a building site. The cornerstone was laid on October 20, 1875. In 1876 the library occupied the back room awaiting completion of the building. In 1841 it became a city library supported by a small tax levy. The North Central Kansas Library System of Manhattan provides additional services, specific book requests and the most recent books and periodicals.