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About the Bartholomew County Public Library

The Conversation Plinth on the library plaza, part of Exhibit Columbus, is complete.  Looking for information about the project? Click here!
 
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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Digital Underground
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Visit the Digital Underground for music and video recording, 3D Printing, Adobe creation, and more!
Consumer Reports added as a Free Resource
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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

TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

When: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

Give your feedback on current programs, help plan future programs, and help finalize next year's book club books and genres!

Wellness Class

When: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Brianna Stewart with Family Chiropractic and Wellness will highlight common conditions associated with aging, such as headaches and back and neck pain, and how to keep your body healthy through preven...

Smart Choices: Health Insurance

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Health care navigator Leah Boas and Harriet Armstrong of Purdue Extension office will share tools which can be used to help eliminate the intimidation of selecting health insurance by better evalua...

Art House in the Red Room Film Series

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Host Kyle Willey will show the 1962 film Ivan’s Childhood. The film is about Ivan, a 12-year old Soviet orphan during WW II. English subtitles.

  Quick Links

  • Digital Dash- Check out Overdrive Books!

    Help us meet our yearly goal and we'll be eligible to win free books to add to out Overdrive catalog.  Go to http://barth.overdrive.com or download Overdrive or Libby app today and start checking out!  

  • Art House In The Red Room - Ivan's Childhood (1962)

     Host Kyle Willey will show the 1962 film Ivan’s Childhood. 

  • Yuletide Sing-Along

    Do you enjoy singing? Join us in the Red Room as we sing some seasonal songs. Fun for all!

  • Dickens of a Christmas

    Tina Jesson, owner of Tina’s Traditional Tearoom, takes you on a journey of holiday traditions though Dickensian England.

  • Celebrating The Holidays When You Don't Feel Like Celebrating

    Leah Jackman-Wheitner, Ph.D., will discuss coping with grief and loss during the holiday season. The holidays can be difficult for those dealing with loss. This informal group will strive to give answers and guidance about coping, what works, and what does not.

  • Decorative Painting

    Paint poinsettias on a charger with instructor Marilyn Tentler. $25 fee covers all supplies. All skill levels of painters are welcome. Minimum of 4. Must register by December 7. 

  • Aromatherapy for the Holiday

    Presenter Carissa Rusin will be educating on how to make it through the holidays with the help of aromatherapy. 

  • Gingerbread Houses

    Parents – make and decorate a gingerbread house, made with graham crackers, with your child. For ages 7 and over. Limited to 20 children. Register child's name only.

  • Kaia: Interactive World Music Workshop

    Kaia will break down world music into unique rhythms, vowel sounds, meters, harmonies, etc., showing the diversity of music around the world.

  • Kwanzaa Celebration

    Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means "first" and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. It is also celebration of family, community and culture, and honors African heritage. Kwanzaa is observed from December 26 through January 1. 

   About the Bartholomew County Public Library

The Conversation Plinth on the library plaza, part of Exhibit Columbus, is complete.  Looking for information about the project? Click here!
 
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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  • TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    When: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    Give your feedback on current programs, help plan future programs, and help finalize next year's book club books and genres!

    Wellness Class

    When: Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Brianna Stewart with Family Chiropractic and Wellness will highlight common conditions associated with aging, such as headaches and back and neck pain, and how to keep your body healthy through preven...

    Smart Choices: Health Insurance

    When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Health care navigator Leah Boas and Harriet Armstrong of Purdue Extension office will share tools which can be used to help eliminate the intimidation of selecting health insurance by better evalua...

    Art House in the Red Room Film Series

    When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Host Kyle Willey will show the 1962 film Ivan’s Childhood. The film is about Ivan, a 12-year old Soviet orphan during WW II. English subtitles.