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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, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs and computer classes 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 and the new Digital Underground media lab.  

 Latest News

Changes to circulation policies starting May 18th
Posted on 21 April 2015
DVD holds, text hold notices, renewal policy changes, more.
Digital Underground
Posted on 04 April 2015
Now open in the library's lower level.
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.

  Upcoming Events

Did the Universe Begin With a Bang?

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Why do scientists say that our Universe began with a "big bang" 14 billion years ago? Where did the idea come from? What is it that the Big Bang Theory does, and does not, say about how the Universe be...

Games 'N More

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Enjoy playing different kinds of games, win prizes and have a chance at the grand prize!!

Landscape Care for First-Time Homeowners

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

What do experienced homeowners know that helps them to keep the yard and lawn in good shape? What tools, supplies, and information do you need, and where do you find them? How do you add that special...

Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

When: Friday, May 01, 2015 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

Buy one mystery book at our ongoing book sale in May and get one free!

  Quick Links

  • Digital Underground

    Check out our new Digital Underground space!  Featuring: Adobe Creative Suite; music and video production software; HD camera: MIDI keyboard controller.   Click here for more information on the space.  

  • Changes coming for holds, DVDs, and notifications

    Starting May 18th--  *All hold notices will be via email and/or text message  *All DVDs can be placed on hold.   *DVDs can be renewed once if no holds.   Click image above for the complete policy changes.  

  • Landscape Care for First-time Homeowners

    April 30 at 6:30 PM.  What landscaping tools, supplies, and information do first-time homeowners need?  How to add that special touch?  Presenter: Kris Medic, Extension Educator and board certified arborist.

  • 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, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs and computer classes 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 and the new Digital Underground media lab.  

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  • Did the Universe Begin With a Bang?

    When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Why do scientists say that our Universe began with a "big bang" 14 billion years ago? Where did the idea come from? What is it that the Big Bang Theory does, and does not, say about how the Universe be...

    Games 'N More

    When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Enjoy playing different kinds of games, win prizes and have a chance at the grand prize!!

    Landscape Care for First-Time Homeowners

    When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    What do experienced homeowners know that helps them to keep the yard and lawn in good shape? What tools, supplies, and information do you need, and where do you find them? How do you add that special...

    Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

    When: Friday, May 01, 2015 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    Buy one mystery book at our ongoing book sale in May and get one free!