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About the Bartholomew County Public Library

Our mission is “Providing resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment."  We offer services to the citizens of Bartholomew County via the Main Library in Columbus, Hope Branch Library, and Bookmobile service with at least one stop in every township.
 
At an annual cost of less than $50 per person (the price of buying your own hardback book plus a DVD), we provide access to more than 200,000 books, large print books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, placing holds and renewing items, and downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs and computer classes for all ages and one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance are available.  Public computers and wireless internet access are accesible at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Not for profit groups can use meeting space at the Main Library or Hope Branch free of charge. Talking Books, housed in the Main Library, serves persons with visual or physical handicaps in 16 southeast Indiana counties. The Main Library also houses the collection of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.

 Latest News

Consumer Reports added as a Free Resource
Posted on 08 December 2014
Your favorite consumer magazine now easily readable 24-7 from your home or office. Get ratings for refrigerators, cars, TVs, baby monitors, and more.
See Us at the Movies?
Posted on 10 June 2014
Come check out our great offerings

  Upcoming Events

Affordable Care Act/MDwise Marketplace 101: Learn & Enroll

When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Computer Lab

Session presented by MDwise, nonprofit health care company. Kelly Lowry will answer questions about Affordable Care Act and Marketplace. Contact 855-417-5615 for information.

TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Meeting Room 3

Teens from all over Bartholomew County meet with the Teen Services Librarian, Christina, once a month to give feedback on teen programs and services and give input for future programs. If you'd l...

Thoroughly Modern Addie: 1900-1910

When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Debra Slone, as suffragette Addie, will give us a look at the early 1900’s when the new century is bursting with energy and the future seems limitless. Women are divided on the right to vote and a yo...

Never Again: Two Perspectives of the Holocaust

When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Esther Davidson, a holocaust survivor and her husband Ed, a retired US Army officer, offer a brief, powerful, incisive and personal look at this tragic event. Esther, born in Poland in 1941, shares he...

  Quick Links

  • Tablet Reconnect Donation Drive January 30

    Donate used tablets at the library or other local sites on January 30th.  Tablet Reconnect is in parternship with The Arc of Bartholomew County. Your donation will support a local child with special needs.  

  • NoveList Database- A Fiction Finder

    NoveList is a great free resource to discover new fiction series, similar authors to your tastes, and book discussion guides.  Click the picture to find out more!

  • Consumer Reports Database available now

    Your favorite consumer magazine now easily readable 24-7 from your home or office. Get ratings for refrigerators, cars, TVs, baby monitors, and more. 

  • Overdrive has free eBooks and Audiobooks!

    Check out our Overdrive catalog to download free eBooks and eAudiobooks! You can download the Overdrive app too! 

   About the Bartholomew County Public Library

Our mission is “Providing resources for lifelong learning and enjoyment."  We offer services to the citizens of Bartholomew County via the Main Library in Columbus, Hope Branch Library, and Bookmobile service with at least one stop in every township.
 
At an annual cost of less than $50 per person (the price of buying your own hardback book plus a DVD), we provide access to more than 200,000 books, large print books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, placing holds and renewing items, and downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs and computer classes for all ages and one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance are available.  Public computers and wireless internet access are accesible at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Not for profit groups can use meeting space at the Main Library or Hope Branch free of charge. Talking Books, housed in the Main Library, serves persons with visual or physical handicaps in 16 southeast Indiana counties. The Main Library also houses the collection of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.

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  • Affordable Care Act/MDwise Marketplace 101: Learn & Enroll

    When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Computer Lab

    Session presented by MDwise, nonprofit health care company. Kelly Lowry will answer questions about Affordable Care Act and Marketplace. Contact 855-417-5615 for information.

    TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Meeting Room 3

    Teens from all over Bartholomew County meet with the Teen Services Librarian, Christina, once a month to give feedback on teen programs and services and give input for future programs. If you'd l...

    Thoroughly Modern Addie: 1900-1910

    When: Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Debra Slone, as suffragette Addie, will give us a look at the early 1900’s when the new century is bursting with energy and the future seems limitless. Women are divided on the right to vote and a yo...

    Never Again: Two Perspectives of the Holocaust

    When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Esther Davidson, a holocaust survivor and her husband Ed, a retired US Army officer, offer a brief, powerful, incisive and personal look at this tragic event. Esther, born in Poland in 1941, shares he...