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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

Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

When: Monday, May 04, 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!

DIY: Star Wars Day

When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Teen Area

Stop by the Teen Department after school and celebrate Star Wars Day by making awesome Star Wars crafts.

Library Catalog

When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Where: BCPL at Computer Lab

Learn how to find items using the library catalog system.

Give Me Some Credit

When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Is there a fate worse than debt? It all depends. Our unbiased debt expert will show you how to spot good and bad debts, how much credit is enough for you, and how to use your debt to actually build wealt...

  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.  

  • 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. 

  • Zinio

    Zinio has full-color magazines. Create an account with your library card, then check out issues.  Read them on your PC or mobile device using the Zinio For Libraries app.  

  • 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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  • Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

    When: Monday, May 04, 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!

    DIY: Star Wars Day

    When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Teen Area

    Stop by the Teen Department after school and celebrate Star Wars Day by making awesome Star Wars crafts.

    Library Catalog

    When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: BCPL at Computer Lab

    Learn how to find items using the library catalog system.

    Give Me Some Credit

    When: Monday, May 04, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Is there a fate worse than debt? It all depends. Our unbiased debt expert will show you how to spot good and bad debts, how much credit is enough for you, and how to use your debt to actually build wealt...