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Friends of BCPL


Friends of Bartholomew County Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization established in 1964. Our mission is to foster a closer relationship between the library and local citizens by supporting the development of Library programs, activities and resources.

We contribute to the Library’s growth and development through member donations, ongoing used book sales and volunteer efforts

Donating time and resources to become a Friend of the Library enables you to participate in the Library’s vision for the future.

Ongoing Book Sale

The Ongoing Book Sale at the Main Library and our Hope Branch includes books, audiobooks, movies, and reference volumes discarded from the library or donated by the public. Sale items are located on the main floor of the library, just to the right when coming in the main entrance.  Book Sale receipts support library programs for all ages.

What Do the Friends Do?

Provide Funding For:
  • Program Speakers
  • Local Speaker Events
  • Summer Reading Challenge
  • Community Book Read
  • Programs for Children
  • Programs for Teens
  • Adult Programming
  • Library School Scholarships
Provide People Power For:
  • Speaker Receptions
  • Fundraising Events
  • Ongoing Book Sale

Support the Friends with BCPL Branded Merchandise

Support library programs and show pride in your library by purchasing merchandise from the Friends of the Bartholomew County Public Library ongoing sale. BCPL Book Totes are available in three different sizes and are perfect for carrying your latest library finds, groceries, beach supplies, or whatever else you fancy. Sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs and stickers are also available for purchase. 

All merchandise can be purchased at the Adult Circulation desk at the Main Library. All major credit cards, debit cards, cash and check are accepted. Thank you for supporting us!

Shop the Online Store today! 

BCPL Tote Bag

Donations and Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts and donations in honor of individuals can be made to Friends of Bartholomew County Public Library. Donations can be designated for the purchase of books, equipment, or other resource materials. Gifts are tax deductible. EIN 35-6058892.  Checks can be mailed to Bartholomew County Public Library / 536 Fifth Street / Columbus IN 47201.

Please include all memorial donation information, so that family members can be contacted.

To make a gift, either memorial or non-memorial, please contact Library Administration or call (812) 379-1255.

You can also quickly and easily donate online using the PayPal link below. Thank you for your support!