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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
  • Fund Raising Events
  • Ongoing Book Sale

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!

Purchase a BCPL Reusable Tote Bag

Support library programs and show pride in your library by purchasing one of these reusable tote bags from the Friends of Bartholomew County Public Library. The color is navy blue, with BCPL's name, logo, and website address printed in white. The dimensions are: 16" long, 12" tall, and 6" wide. It's perfect for carrying your latest library finds, groceries, beach supplies, or whatever else you fancy. It's made of recycled material, so you can feel good knowing that you're supporting environmental sustainability, too!

Bags may be purchased in-person or online for $3.00. If paying online, please note that we do not actually ship the bags, rather you will show your emailed receipt upon arrival at the library in order to claim your bag. You can claim your bag at the Circulation Desk or when you call in for your curbside pickup. Thank you for supporting us!

Buy Your Reusable BCPL Tote Bag Here

BCPL Tote Bag