The Library will close at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 26.

The Library will be closed all day on Thanksgiving November 27.

Location

The Main Library is located in downtown Columbus at 536 Fifth Street between Franklin Street and Lafayette Avenue. There are parking lot entrances on Franklin Street and 7th Street.

Hope Library is located on the Hope Town Square at 635 Harrison Street one block east of Route 9.  Street parking is available in front of the building. See a map.

The Bookmobile serves stops in all 12 townships of Bartholomew County. Bookmobile Stops Map »

Talking Books Services for persons with visiual or physically challenges is located in the lower level of the Main Library at 536 Fifth Street in Columbus.



Policies

Selected policies of BCPL.
Questions? Please call 812-379-1266.

Architecture

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Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (Main Library building) was designed by  I. M. Pei and Partners, New York NY (1969). The 1987 addition was designed by Architect Group, Inc. of Columbus, IN with James K. Paris as Principal Architect. Read more

The Main Library building was one of I.M. Pei's earliest major designs.  Read more.

Henry Moore's sculpture "Large Arch" which centers the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza was commissioned at the suggestion of I. M. Pei and donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller. Read more

Hope Branch Library was designed by Deborah Berke and completed in 1998. Read more.
 

Board Minutes

History

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Location

The Main Library is located in downtown Columbus at 536 Fifth Street between Franklin Street and Lafayette Avenue. There are parking lot entrances on Franklin Street and 7th Street.

Hope Library is located on the Hope Town Square at 635 Harrison Street one block east of Route 9.  Street parking is available in front of the building. See a map.

The Bookmobile serves stops in all 12 townships of Bartholomew County. Bookmobile Stops Map »

Talking Books Services for persons with visiual or physically challenges is located in the lower level of the Main Library at 536 Fifth Street in Columbus.

Location

The Main Library is located in downtown Columbus at 536 Fifth Street between Franklin Street and Lafayette Avenue. There are parking lot entrances on Franklin Street and 7th Street.

Hope Library is located on the Hope Town Square at 635 Harrison Street one block east of Route 9.  Street parking is available in front of the building. See a map.

The Bookmobile serves stops in all 12 townships of Bartholomew County. Bookmobile Stops Map »

Talking Books Services for persons with visiual or physically challenges is located in the lower level of the Main Library at 536 Fifth Street in Columbus.

Policies

Selected policies of BCPL.
Questions? Please call 812-379-1266.

Policies

Selected policies of BCPL.
Questions? Please call 812-379-1266.

Architecture

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (Main Library building) was designed by  I. M. Pei and Partners, New York NY (1969). The 1987 addition was designed by Architect Group, Inc. of Columbus, IN with James K. Paris as Principal Architect. Read more

The Main Library building was one of I.M. Pei's earliest major designs.  Read more.

Henry Moore's sculpture "Large Arch" which centers the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza was commissioned at the suggestion of I. M. Pei and donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller. Read more

Hope Branch Library was designed by Deborah Berke and completed in 1998. Read more.
 

Architecture

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library (Main Library building) was designed by  I. M. Pei and Partners, New York NY (1969). The 1987 addition was designed by Architect Group, Inc. of Columbus, IN with James K. Paris as Principal Architect. Read more

The Main Library building was one of I.M. Pei's earliest major designs.  Read more.

Henry Moore's sculpture "Large Arch" which centers the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library plaza was commissioned at the suggestion of I. M. Pei and donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. J. Irwin Miller. Read more

Hope Branch Library was designed by Deborah Berke and completed in 1998. Read more.
 

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Board Minutes

Read Library Board minutes or view the most recent agenda.

Board Minutes

Read Library Board minutes or view the most recent agenda.

 

History

  • August 1894:  The Columbus School Board authorized a levy to fund a public library.
  • February 1899: Columbus City Council made two rooms available in the City Building for library purposes.
  • August 1899: Columbus Library opened to the public..
  • December 1901: Andrew Carnegie donated $15,000 for the construction of a library building.
  • January 1902: The corner of 5th at Mechanic (now Lafayette Avenue) was chosen at the site with J.W. Gaddis of Vincennes (IN) as architect. Read more »

History

  • August 1894:  The Columbus School Board authorized a levy to fund a public library.
  • February 1899: Columbus City Council made two rooms available in the City Building for library purposes.
  • August 1899: Columbus Library opened to the public..
  • December 1901: Andrew Carnegie donated $15,000 for the construction of a library building.
  • January 1902: The corner of 5th at Mechanic (now Lafayette Avenue) was chosen at the site with J.W. Gaddis of Vincennes (IN) as architect. Read more »
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