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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

Part-Time Job Available
Posted on 31 October 2016 Part-Time Circulation Library Assistant Job Available!
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

One Stroke Painting

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

Learn to blend, shade, and highlight, all in one stroke. Each participant will paint 3-4 clear ornaments with Christmas trees, wreaths, etc. Instructor Marilyn Tentler is a Level 2 One Str...

Laura Ingalls’ Christmas Memories

When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Join Laura Ingalls as she reminisces with her family and fiancé, Almanzo Wilder, on Christmas Day out on the snowy prairie. Hear stories from her childhood days, and see some of her beloved Christ...

Bicentennial Party

When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Front Entrance (Main Floor)

Today we celebrate the official bicentennial of our state. Indiana was admitted to the Union on this date two hundred years ago! Visit us and play some Indiana trivia, shoot some ...

12 Days of Stories - Ages 2 - 5

When: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Join us at the library for a Christmas story and craft. Whether you come every day or just for one, this is the perfect way for your little ones to experience the fun and joy of the holiday ...

  Quick Links

  • December Program Guide

    See all of December's events at the library wrapped in one package!

  • Laura Ingalls' Christmas Memories

    Join us on December 10th for this special event.  

  • 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.  

  • 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.  

  • Download Holiday Music with Freegal

    Freegal has millions of songs to download. Download six per week with your card!

  • 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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  • One Stroke Painting

    When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    Learn to blend, shade, and highlight, all in one stroke. Each participant will paint 3-4 clear ornaments with Christmas trees, wreaths, etc. Instructor Marilyn Tentler is a Level 2 One Str...

    Laura Ingalls’ Christmas Memories

    When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Join Laura Ingalls as she reminisces with her family and fiancé, Almanzo Wilder, on Christmas Day out on the snowy prairie. Hear stories from her childhood days, and see some of her beloved Christ...

    Bicentennial Party

    When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Front Entrance (Main Floor)

    Today we celebrate the official bicentennial of our state. Indiana was admitted to the Union on this date two hundred years ago! Visit us and play some Indiana trivia, shoot some ...

    12 Days of Stories - Ages 2 - 5

    When: Monday, December 12, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Join us at the library for a Christmas story and craft. Whether you come every day or just for one, this is the perfect way for your little ones to experience the fun and joy of the holiday ...