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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

BCPL participating in State Park Pass lending program
Posted on 06 January 2016
Our pass checks out for 1 week
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

Romance Book Sale

When: Sunday, February 07, 2016 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

All romance books half price in our ongoing book sale area.

Romance Book Sale

When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

All romance books half price in our ongoing book sale area.

Indiana State Parks: A Bicentennial Program

When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Public historian and author Glory-June Greiff will explore the history of our state parks from the concept and the creation of our first state parks, Richard Lieber, the “Father of Indiana State Park...

Milk & Cookies Junior Storytime

When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR THIS DATE ONLY!! Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!!

  Quick Links

  • Natural World of Winnie-The-Pooh

     Kathryn Aalto leads a nostalgic, visually-rich journey into the place where A. A. Milne lived and set the tender adventures of Pooh and his band of friends. Her book covers the real-life "Hundred Acre Wood."

  • Indiana's Vice-Presidents

    Celebrate Indiana's Bicentennial and President's Day and learn about the five vice-presidents from Indiana.  Daniel Johns from the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center is the guide for this non-partisan talk.  

  • New resource! Fold3 Military Records Database

    Explore US military records back to the Revolutionary War- service records, pensions, vouchers, and more.    

  • New! Drivers Practice Tests and Manuals

    Use this database to access Indiana sample drivers tests, including CDL and motorcycle.  Driver manuals also included.  

  • NoveList Plus- Find Fiction, NonFiction, and Audiobooks!

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

  • 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. 

  • 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.  

  • Overdrive 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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  • Romance Book Sale

    When: Sunday, February 07, 2016 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    All romance books half price in our ongoing book sale area.

    Romance Book Sale

    When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    All romance books half price in our ongoing book sale area.

    Indiana State Parks: A Bicentennial Program

    When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Public historian and author Glory-June Greiff will explore the history of our state parks from the concept and the creation of our first state parks, Richard Lieber, the “Father of Indiana State Park...

    Milk & Cookies Junior Storytime

    When: Monday, February 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR THIS DATE ONLY!! Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!!