Our mission at BCPL is to act as the "community crossroads; connecting people, information, ideas, and experiences to empower everyone on their journey of lifelong learning." We strive to support our homeschooling families in their efforts, providing not only a robust collection of books, but a wide selection of learning resources, including digital resources, meeting space, programs, and more.
Learning and Curricular Needs
We have a wide variety of books and materials to offer, and we are constantly working to improve our collection to better meet your needs. We are happy to order items for our collection or request them via Interlibrary Loan at your request, especially if those items will widely benefit other co-ops or families. Just submit your curricular reading list to us, and we will do what we can to procure any books we do not have for you.
Please note that we are unable to purchase workbooks or other single-use materials, although we do accept donations.
You can access a wide range of online resources for free using your BCPL library card. Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla are great platforms for downloading eBooks or audio books. Rosetta Stone and Mango Languages provide beginner-level world language and ESL instruction. Gale Courses offer access to 300+ online classes, taught by industry professionals in a wide range of subjects. More information is available on our Learning Resources page.
Does your co-op need a place to meet? At our branch in Columbus, we have five public meeting rooms and event spaces available for reservation. There are two smaller meeting rooms perfect for study sessions or project groups. The Conference Room and Red Room are ideal for larger classes, presentations, or graduations. You can reserve meeting rooms by clicking the “reserve a room” link at the top of this page.
Programs & Events
Every month, we host at least 25 unique monthly programs, and that is just downstairs in the Children’s Department! While we do not currently have sessions exclusively for homeschool students, ALL of our programs are open to homeschoolers, and we are always open to suggestions for new programs or program times. View a program guide, visit the events page of our website, or ask at the desk for more information about specific programs.
Homeschooling Information Page
We are hoping to put together a page of information for local families interested in learning more about homeschooling groups and resources in our area. If you would like to contribute information about your group to this page, please contact us.
A Note Regarding Censorship
As a library, it is our responsibility to purchase, collect, and display materials that represent and benefit all members of the community, regardless of their age, sex, religion, gender, nationality, identity, and so forth. We understand that there may be materials present in the collection that you feel are inappropriate for your child(ren). However, we as library staff cannot censor any materials for patrons. It is your responsibility as a parent or guardian to preview materials and, if necessary, limit your child’s access to those you deem inappropriate. We affirm your right to do this, and appreciate your understanding. We are always happy to offer or take suggestions for alternative titles.
We always love to hear from you!
If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please feel free to contact us. You can reach us directly using the form on this page, or by calling us during business hours at 812-379-1288.
We genuinely appreciate your feedback!