Saturday September 23-- Hope Branch will be closed (Heritage Days), Main Branch will be open 12:00-6:00 (Marathon)

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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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Job Openings Available!
Posted on 31 July 2017 Apply now for one of these great part-time opportunities!
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Posted on 03 June 2017
Wowbrary sends weekly email alerts
Digital Underground
Posted on 22 May 2017 Now open 1:00-5:00 Weekdays.
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

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Put on your thinking caps and join us on Mondays at 4:00 as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Each session includes a read aloud, make-n-take and ideas to continue yo...

TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Conference Room

Join our TAB and help the Teen Services Librarian plan programs, events, and improve teen services at BCPL. To join, fill out an application (found on the Teen Desk) and return to the Teen Ser...

A Voice Through Signing

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Although normally associated with the deaf community, sign language is very helpful in other populations such as people with autism or Down syndrome. Sign instructor Jennifer Mohr will lead this fou...

Family STEM Night

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Lower Level Reception Area

Drop in the library and sample some super cool STEM hands-on activities for families to do together.

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  • Art House in the Red Room - Les Diaboliques

    Host Kyle Willey will show the 1955 French black and white thriller film Les Diaboliques. Stars Simone Signoret. English subtitles.

  • 13 Reasons Why Not

    Staff from BCPL, Turning Point, and Centerstone will present and facilitate discussion around the book and TV series Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, suicide prevention, warning signs, and how to talk about suicide with others.

  • Community Book Read Kick-Off – Rock Painting Party

    We are partnering with Columbus IN Rocks and having a rock painting party and encourage you to paint some rocks and then hide them for someone to find. All supplies will be provided.

  • The Notorious Reno Gang

    Author Rachel Dickinson, who has brought the Reno brothers back to life in her book The Notorious Reno Gang, will discuss her research for the book and take questions. 

  • Sharks in the Library

    Experience live sharks from the Newport Aquarium!  Limited to 100 kids, teens and adults. Tickets available beginning September 25.

   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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  • Full STEAM Ahead

    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Put on your thinking caps and join us on Mondays at 4:00 as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Each session includes a read aloud, make-n-take and ideas to continue yo...

    TAB: Teen Advisory Board Meeting

    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Conference Room

    Join our TAB and help the Teen Services Librarian plan programs, events, and improve teen services at BCPL. To join, fill out an application (found on the Teen Desk) and return to the Teen Ser...

    A Voice Through Signing

    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Although normally associated with the deaf community, sign language is very helpful in other populations such as people with autism or Down syndrome. Sign instructor Jennifer Mohr will lead this fou...

    Family STEM Night

    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Lower Level Reception Area

    Drop in the library and sample some super cool STEM hands-on activities for families to do together.