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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
Posted on 22 May 2017
Extended Monday hours starting October 30th
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

Reading Time WIth Lottie

When: Friday, November 17, 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.

Making the Most of County Histories

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Monique Howell with the Indiana State Library will discuss how using the county history collection at the Indiana State Library can be useful for finding biographical sketches of ancestors as well...

American Girl Club

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

Come make a wonderful craft inspired by Kaya!

Mylets Concert

When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: BCPL at Red Room

Mylets is Columbus native Henry Kohen. Henry writes the music, plays the instruments, writes the words, sings the words and plays the songs live. The performance is free and open to everyone and ma...

  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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  • Reading Time WIth Lottie

    When: Friday, November 17, 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.

    Making the Most of County Histories

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Monique Howell with the Indiana State Library will discuss how using the county history collection at the Indiana State Library can be useful for finding biographical sketches of ancestors as well...

    American Girl Club

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
    Where: BCPL at Story Time Room

    Come make a wonderful craft inspired by Kaya!

    Mylets Concert

    When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: BCPL at Red Room

    Mylets is Columbus native Henry Kohen. Henry writes the music, plays the instruments, writes the words, sings the words and plays the songs live. The performance is free and open to everyone and ma...