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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

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

Landscape 101: Winter into Spring: Setting up for Success

When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Did you know that disease control and plant health in the landscape begin with cleanup and compost? Discover basic practices that can help to set you up for success in the landscape. Presenter Kris ...

Dreamland Book Discussion

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Hope Branch Library

Nichole J Vreeland, Healthy Communities, will lead this discussion of the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Healthy Communities will host the au...

Teddy Roosevelt: Fun in the White House

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Teddy Roosevelt believes that no other presidential family enjoyed the White House as much as he and his family did. Mr. Roosevelt will spend some time talking about his six children and how they han...

Nonprofits Connect!

When: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

Learn a little – laugh a lot! Ask questions – Share stories! Make a new friend! Win a prize! Learn about resources such as books, eBooks, periodicals and the Foundation Center Online avail...

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  • Teddy Roosevelt: Fun in the White House

    Teddy Roosevelt believes that no other presidential family enjoyed the White House as much as he and his family did. Mr. Roosevelt will spend some time talking about his six children and how they handled life as the first children.

  • DK eBooks

    Check out this collection of DK eBooks! Titles are always available.  Nonfiction books of all subjects, great for young readers.  

  • Newspaper archives online at the library

    Access 140 years of Columbus newspapers, plus other area newspapers, via newspapers.com while in the Main Library and Hope Branch.  

  • 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. 

  • Staff Picks

    See what library staff are reading! Get some great new ideas for your next read!  Click on the above picture.  

  • New App is Available

    Download for Android, Apple, or Kindle Fire today.  Check your library account, search for items, access online resources and more.  

  • 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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  • Landscape 101: Winter into Spring: Setting up for Success

    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Did you know that disease control and plant health in the landscape begin with cleanup and compost? Discover basic practices that can help to set you up for success in the landscape. Presenter Kris ...

    Dreamland Book Discussion

    When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Hope Branch Library

    Nichole J Vreeland, Healthy Communities, will lead this discussion of the book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Healthy Communities will host the au...

    Teddy Roosevelt: Fun in the White House

    When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Teddy Roosevelt believes that no other presidential family enjoyed the White House as much as he and his family did. Mr. Roosevelt will spend some time talking about his six children and how they han...

    Nonprofits Connect!

    When: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    Learn a little – laugh a lot! Ask questions – Share stories! Make a new friend! Win a prize! Learn about resources such as books, eBooks, periodicals and the Foundation Center Online avail...