Library Country Club seeking new members – inquire within!

Join the INclusive Boone County Public Library Country Club – you’ve already paid your membership fee, shouldn’t you take advantage of it? No, we don’t have a golf course, tennis courts, or a pool, but we do have five locations where you can meet your friends and get to know other people in your community. The Library is a place where you can socialize, isn’t that what a country club is really all about?

Let’s get the money part over first. Doesn’t everyone want to know up front what something costs? Your fee to be a member of this INclusive club is just 5.2 cents for every one hundred dollars of your property’s value, paid in taxes to the Library. The taxes you would pay for a $175,100 home* (the average value of a home in Boone County according to American Fact Finder) would be $91.05 per year. That’s just $7.59 a month and covers everyone who lives in your home. Figure out how much you pay and the value of the Library services you use at

Let me tell you about some of the amenities this fabulous library/country club has to offer!

  • Camaraderie
    Friendship and community are the pillars of any club. Not only can you come to the club and check out books, but you can meet your friends and fellow club members for a cup of coffee, game of bridge, book discussion or even for lunch! Did you know that we have a café inside the Main Library? Battaglia Deli & Café is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (3 p.m. on Saturday)
  • Professional staff
    Need help researching your family tree, downloading eBooks to your eReader, or finding sources for a paper? Make a one-on-one appointment with one of BCPL’s professional reference staff – they love this stuff!
  • Meeting rooms
    As a BCPL cardholder, you are welcome to reserve a meeting room for your business, organization or agency to use – just another perk of membership!
  • Wi-Fi
    Bring your laptop and connect to Wi-Fi at the Main Library, Chapin Memorial Library, Scheben, Florence, or Walton Branch. Forgot your laptop? Use one of our computers or laptops – they all have Internet access and MS Office.
  • Cultural events, classes, exhibits and live concerts
    Looking for something to do? Bring the family to the “club!” The Library offers a wealth of fun and educational activities for all ages. Sign up to receive Discover, the Library’s newsletter, by mail or email (scroll to the bottom of the page).
  • Weddings
    You probably think I’m joking, but I’m not. Both the Scheben Branch and the Main Library have been used as wedding venues! No, we don’t have room for lots of guests, but a simple wedding with a couple witnesses and a Justice of the Peace under the dome of the Main Library might be right for you!
  • Little things
    It could be the warm and familiar greeting of the staff member who smiles at you when you enter the building. Or how about the librarian who knows which authors you like to read and lets you know when they have a new book out. Library staff work very hard getting to know you and keeping you happy.

Just in case you aren’t convinced yet, here are seven more perks to using the Library:

  • We don’t discriminate – anyone can join!
  • Five “country club” locations, spread throughout Boone County
  • Informal dress code – jacket and tie not required.
  • Quiet study rooms available for your use
  • Freegal – enjoy five free and legal music downloads a week and keep them forever!
  • Read magazines for free on your device with our subscription to Zinio.
  • Did I mention books?

When you join Boone County Public Library, you are joining a family. The staff of BCPL are committed to making the Library your home away from home. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm, and you will usually find a friend or neighbor enjoying a book in a comfy chair at Walton, in a storytime with their children at Scheben, dancing in the aisle during a concert at Main, on a computer at Florence, or chatting with one of our staff members at Chapin. We want you to feel at home at BCPL, and our first-rate facilities and impeccable service will keep you coming back time after time. You’ve already paid your membership fee, so stop by today, pick up your Library card and start using YOUR Library!



PR Coordinator Becky Kempf has been telling people about the Library for thirteen years. When she isn’t busy evangelizing about books, reading, and the Library’s concert series, she’s out photographing dogs, birds, rusty old cars and her grandchildren.


3 thoughts on “Library Country Club seeking new members – inquire within!

  1. what a tease…..when is location 6 re-opening? Our club doors closed Sept 1 2015 with lots of promises. When will we be able to get some real value back on our membership fees? We specifically chose a home in Hebron when we moved here from Georgia back in 2000 to be close to the schools and the library country club, and didn’t mind that it needed upgrades for years before it closed, because of the promise of a new facility. In just four years the last of our children (one of the main reasons for locating near a country club) will be off to college. Years of lost club amenities to a family who chose to live near a library……. Please give us something to look forward to,… the sound of excavators in June 2017.

  2. Hello Karen: Our facilities team and the architects have been hard at work on the new Hebron Branch. The property has been surveyed, the drawings are almost finalized and meetings have been held with the sanitation district. We have already chosen the flooring, paint colors and shelving. The architects need to add one last change to the drawings and then we will post the building layout in the blog and on our Facebook page. We didn’t want to do the update post until we had the final drawings. Next we will be selecting the cabinetry for the building. The building will be 25,000 sq. ft., quite a bit larger than our original plan. It will have quiet study rooms, a special space designed just for retired adults on one end of the building, and on the other a Youth area, with specific spaces for early learning, school-age kids, tweens and teens. There will be three meeting rooms that open up to one big meeting room that can hold 400 people with chairs. There will also be an outside amphitheater, similar to the one at Boone Woods Park. We plan to break ground this summer and if everything goes as planned, we hope to open in September 2018 with a concert in the amphitheater!

  3. What a rude response to a nice post from a library system that keeps its patrons at the heart of everything it seeks to do. I know for a fact that the libraries are easily within driving distance of each other, and Main is a mere 15-20 minutes from most Hebron residents. Lents was about 5-7 minutes from Main…meaning that whatever drive you’re making now has hardly been extended.

    Building a house can take years. Building a government funded (and board-approved) library surely takes as long, if not longer. Perhaps your passionate feelings toward this project would be better put to use if you were to stand behind your library and help it reach this goal — for yourself and for your community — than sitting here griping about things that probably can’t be helped.

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