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About the Bartholomew County Public Library

Summer Reading Challenge runs until July 29th.  Click here for more information and to start the challenge for yourself.  
 
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, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs, one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance, public computer, and public wireless are available at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Meeting spaces at the Main Library or Hope Branch are free of charge for non-profit use. 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 Digital Underground media lab.  

 Latest News

Digital Underground New Temporary Hours
Posted on 22 May 2017 Now open 4:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday and 4:00 to 6:00pm Fridays.
Job Openings Available!
Posted on 09 May 2017 Apply now for great part-time opportunities!
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

Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

Buy one mystery book at our ongoing book sale in May and get one free!

Crazy 8's Club (Grades:K-2-Last Session until Fall)

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club. You’ll get to do mischief-making activities like Glowin-th...

Large Print Book Sale

When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

Buy one large print book, get two free all June in our on-going book sale area.

Reading Time With Lottie

When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Come read to Lottie, the Great Dane!! You will have 15 minutes to practice your reading skills!! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.

  Quick Links

  • May Program Guide

    See all of May's events at the library!

  • Summer Reading Challenge

    Build A Better World! BCPL's Summer Reading Challenge runs from May 13 to July 29. Read, volunteer, visit new places! Complete your challenge cards to win prizes. Events throughout the summer.  

  • 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.  

  • Tumblebooks- Story Books and Read Along Books for Kids

    Check out Tumblebooks for access to lots of great kids eBooks.  You can now also download the TumbleBooks app for IOS and Android.  

  • 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. 

  • 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

Summer Reading Challenge runs until July 29th.  Click here for more information and to start the challenge for yourself.  
 
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, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. We provide 24/7 online services including databases, downloading books, music, and magazines. Programs, one-on-one “Book a Librarian” assistance, public computer, and public wireless are available at the Main Library or Hope Branch. Meeting spaces at the Main Library or Hope Branch are free of charge for non-profit use. 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 Digital Underground media lab.  

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  • Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale

    When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    Buy one mystery book at our ongoing book sale in May and get one free!

    Crazy 8's Club (Grades:K-2-Last Session until Fall)

    When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, where you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club. You’ll get to do mischief-making activities like Glowin-th...

    Large Print Book Sale

    When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    Buy one large print book, get two free all June in our on-going book sale area.

    Reading Time With Lottie

    When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Come read to Lottie, the Great Dane!! You will have 15 minutes to practice your reading skills!! This program is first come, first serve. Pick up your ticket at the Children's Desk.