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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

Get Your Game On! FUNraiser
Posted on 25 March 2015
April 10th | Foundation For Youth | 5:30-7:00 PM
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

Spring Egg Hunt

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Come and welcome springtime at the library searching for brightly colored eggs!! Find ten eggs and discover the prizes inside.

Learning What Gravestones Can Tell Us

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Helen Wildermuth, Stone Huggers Cemetery Restoration http://www.stonehugger.com/will talk about what we can learn from gravestones - the type of material, the engraving, the symbols, etc. Program is o...

Who's Your Favorite Author?

When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

Are you a Dork or a Wimpy Kid? Do you have a Dear Dumb Diary or do you only read The Popularity Papers? Whether you doodle like Ellie, Timmy Failure or Big Nate, we will play games and learn all...

TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

When: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

TAB monthly meeting. Do you want to have input on what Teen Programs are offered at BCPL? Join TAB by filling out an application (found on the Teen Reference Desk and at www.mybcpl.org/teens) and...

  Quick Links

  • Get Your Game On! April 10!

    At Foundation For Youth, April 10, 5:30-7:00 PM. Play 30-second games of skill! $5 ticket gets you five game plays.  Kids K-6 eligible for cash prizes. Food available for purchase.  

  • Closed April 10th

    All branches and Bookmobile will be closed April 10th. BCPL is hosting the District 6 Library Conference.

  • 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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  • Spring Egg Hunt

    When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Come and welcome springtime at the library searching for brightly colored eggs!! Find ten eggs and discover the prizes inside.

    Learning What Gravestones Can Tell Us

    When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Helen Wildermuth, Stone Huggers Cemetery Restoration http://www.stonehugger.com/will talk about what we can learn from gravestones - the type of material, the engraving, the symbols, etc. Program is o...

    Who's Your Favorite Author?

    When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    Are you a Dork or a Wimpy Kid? Do you have a Dear Dumb Diary or do you only read The Popularity Papers? Whether you doodle like Ellie, Timmy Failure or Big Nate, we will play games and learn all...

    TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    When: Monday, March 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    TAB monthly meeting. Do you want to have input on what Teen Programs are offered at BCPL? Join TAB by filling out an application (found on the Teen Reference Desk and at www.mybcpl.org/teens) and...