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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

Spring Cleaning Book Sale

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

All April- buy one book get two free in our ongoing book sale area.

Spring Cleaning Book Sale

When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

All April-buy one book get two free in our ongoing book sale area.

Money Madness

When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Come enjoy an hour filled with stations, story, and crafts all about money. This will be correlation with money smart week.

Library Fun(d) Raiser

When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

Admission $3. Play lots of games of skill throughout the library. Food available for purchase. There will be a bouncy house on the Plaza (weather permitting). Proceeds support the Library Ass...

  Quick Links

  • May Program Guide

    See all of May's events at the library!

  • 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.  

  • Superstars on Tour

    One of our favorite acts, Dave Ehlert, returns to the Red Room for another great concert performing as Elvis, Eric Clapton, Roy Orbison, B.B. King, Dean Martin, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, and other stars.

  • 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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  • Spring Cleaning Book Sale

    When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    All April- buy one book get two free in our ongoing book sale area.

    Spring Cleaning Book Sale

    When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Book Sale Area (Main Floor)

    All April-buy one book get two free in our ongoing book sale area.

    Money Madness

    When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Come enjoy an hour filled with stations, story, and crafts all about money. This will be correlation with money smart week.

    Library Fun(d) Raiser

    When: Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

    Admission $3. Play lots of games of skill throughout the library. Food available for purchase. There will be a bouncy house on the Plaza (weather permitting). Proceeds support the Library Ass...