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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

DIY: Paint Your Own Ornament

When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Teen Area

Paint your own tree ornament. All supplies provided.

What Kind of Legacy Are You Leaving

When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Vicki Cooper’s Recipes That STOLL My Heart is full of meals attached to heartwarming memories, memories that will feed your soul. Her book helps you to learn and appreciate what it's like to serve. ...

Milk & Cookies Junior Storytime

When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!! All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

Milk & Cookies Storytime

When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!! All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

  Quick Links

  • December Program Guide

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

  • 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.  

  • 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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  • DIY: Paint Your Own Ornament

    When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Teen Area

    Paint your own tree ornament. All supplies provided.

    What Kind of Legacy Are You Leaving

    When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Vicki Cooper’s Recipes That STOLL My Heart is full of meals attached to heartwarming memories, memories that will feed your soul. Her book helps you to learn and appreciate what it's like to serve. ...

    Milk & Cookies Junior Storytime

    When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!! All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

    Milk & Cookies Storytime

    When: Monday, December 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Come enjoy a nighttime snack as you listen to stories under twinkling lights!! All programs are now first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.