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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

Ecologic: Options for Rehabilitative Architecture

When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

Exhibit presents recent work by architecture students from Iowa State University who designed buildings that prioritize sustainable and ethical habitation. Sites included Columbus’s Pleasant Grove ...

DIY: Sharpie Mugs

When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Teen Area

Use Sharpies to decorate a mug to take home. Mug will need to baked in an oven at home to set the design. Instructions will be sent home with your finished mug. All supplies provided.

Grand Canyon

When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Art Hopkins has hiked across the Grand Canyon two times. He will discuss the natural history of the Grand Canyon, ecological zones within the Canyon and species found only there as well as practical ...

Ecologic: Options for Rehabilitative Architecture

When: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - All Day
Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

Exhibit presents recent work by architecture students from Iowa State University who designed buildings that prioritize sustainable and ethical habitation. Sites included Columbus’s Pleasant Grove n...

  Quick Links

  • March Program Guide

    See all of March's events at the library!

  • 5 New and Still 100% Legitimate Ways to Make Money on Your Own Time

    Patric Welch, a.k.a. Mr. Noobie, will demonstrate five brand new 100% legitimate ways you can make money on your own time.

  • Spotlight on Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

    Join the Hauser History Club as we examine the lives and impact of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" in a dramatic presentation perfect for the whole family.

  • 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.  

  • Bold Women in Indiana History

    Author Louise Hillery will tell a dozen of their stories, from a wealthy Miami fur trader, through pioneer educators, artists, reformers, and businesswomen, to a World War II pilot. Her book, Bold Women in Indiana History is the result of ten years’ travel and research throughout the state.

  • 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.  

  • New App is Available

    Download for Android, Apple, or Kindle Fire today.  Check your library account, search for items, access online resources 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

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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  • Ecologic: Options for Rehabilitative Architecture

    When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

    Exhibit presents recent work by architecture students from Iowa State University who designed buildings that prioritize sustainable and ethical habitation. Sites included Columbus’s Pleasant Grove ...

    DIY: Sharpie Mugs

    When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Teen Area

    Use Sharpies to decorate a mug to take home. Mug will need to baked in an oven at home to set the design. Instructions will be sent home with your finished mug. All supplies provided.

    Grand Canyon

    When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Art Hopkins has hiked across the Grand Canyon two times. He will discuss the natural history of the Grand Canyon, ecological zones within the Canyon and species found only there as well as practical ...

    Ecologic: Options for Rehabilitative Architecture

    When: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - All Day
    Where: BCPL at Gallery (Main Floor)

    Exhibit presents recent work by architecture students from Iowa State University who designed buildings that prioritize sustainable and ethical habitation. Sites included Columbus’s Pleasant Grove n...