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Local Resources

Click on the categories below to find the local resources you are looking for. If you need assistance with local research, click here to contact us.

Local Services
Local Services Guide (Help Is Here) / Servicios Locales (Ayuda Esta Aqui)
List of hot meal sites, housing, clothing, mental health assistance, more.
Columbus Transit
Maps and schedules for the local transit system.
Hot Meal Sites
List of local hot meal sites
Search UWBC
A search engine created by United Way Bartholomew County for community services-- jobs, food, clothing, government services, more.
Mental Health Resources for Bartholomew County
Free, expert vetted health and wellbeing resources as well as community based resources.
Just Friends Adult Day Care
Just Friends provides an engaging and safe place that enhances dignity, uniqueness, and independence for adults who are aging with challenges and provides balance for the life of the caregiver.
Indiana Disability Resource Finder
Directory of services, programs and helpful articles for the disability community. Step-by-step guide to find the right information.
Local Housing Listings (English and Espanol)
Local United Way-made document on local housing
Local Financial Literacy Resources
Created by the Bartholomew County Financial Literacy Coalition, a curated list of resources on: career, financial, credit, mental health, and much more.
Senior Housing Independent Living Guide
A guide for senior housing and independent living in Indiana.
For seniors and their families to find housing and care. With objective, comprehensive, and up-to-date information.
Local History
Video Tours by Library Staff
Library staff give local video tours, touching on the modern and the historical.
It Began with Bartholomew Video Series

301 Washington Digital Exhibit
Explores four generations of the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller family, the businesses located at 301 Washington, and the building's design history over nearly 100 years.
Historic Columbus Indiana
Historic Columbus Indiana strives to provide the best, all-encompassing look at life in Columbus through scanned images and memories.
Historic Columbus Indiana Message Board
A forum for questions and answers of local historical interest.
Hope Rural Letter Carriers Museum
Hope, Indiana has the longest continuous Rural Free Delivery in Indiana, starting as an experimental route in 1896. This website is designed to share the history, people, artifacts, and organizations that have made significant contributions to Rural Free Delivery.
Indiana Historical Society Archives
IHS collects, preserves, and shares Hoosier history through its premier collections on Indiana and the Old Northwest – books, photographs, early maps, letters, diaries and more. Indiana Historical
Features historical archives of newspapers throughout the state of Indiana (years vary by newspaper). Includes coverage of the Columbus newspaper up to 1963. Local Access
Database is available in-library only. Featuring extensive newspaper archives of Bartholomew and surrounding counties, including Columbus coverage from the 1870s to present.
BCPL Local History/Genealogy resources
Find all of our genealogy resources here-- yearbooks, cemetery guides, family tree searches, and more.
Local Government/News/Statistics
The Republic Newspaper
Columbus newspaper website
Hope Star Journal
Online news for the Hope area
Bartholomew GIS Maps
Searchable map of Bartholomew County by individual property.
Bartholomew County Government
Government site for Bartholomew County.
Bartholomew Consolidated Schools
K-12 public school district serving most of Bartholomew County.
Flat Rock Haw Creek Schools
K-12 public school district serving the Hope area.
Columbus City Government
Local city government website
My Congressional District
The latest census information on each congressional district.
Local Architecture and Design
CIAA Digital Collections
Digital collection of Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives.
Columbus Archives Digital Collection at IUPUI
Digital collection of Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives material on the IUPUI website.
Guide to Local Architecture
Columbus Area Visitors Center guide to works of architectural significance.
Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives
The Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives collects, preserves, and promotes the documentation of the design and construction process of the significant architecture that has made Columbus and Bartholomew County.
Public Art in Bartholomew County
Listing of public art in Bartholomew County