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.


Update on the future library location in Hebron

Carrie Herrmann has 27 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. A Graduate of University of Kentucky, Carrie is the Library Director for Boone County Public Library.

A lot of people have asked me, “What’s happening with the Lents Branch?” and now that things are starting to come together, I’ve got some updates for you.  A lot has happened behind the scenes since my last blog post 7 Things to know about the Lents Branch Relocation Project.  Staff have worked diligently to divide the Lents Branch collection between the Community Center on Wheels (library bus) and our five remaining locations.  Many pieces of furniture were moved to our other locations. Early in 2016, the Lents Branch was placed on the market to sell.  We plan to use the money from the sale to help build the new facility.

In late 2015, we posted a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for architectural and engineering firms.  We received several responses to our RFQ and it took a long time to check all of their references.  It is with great pleasure that I announce that Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. in partnership with HBM Architects, has been chosen to design our new location in Hebron.

Brandstetter Carroll Inc. (BCI) is a firm of architects, Engineers, landscape architects and planners that was founded in 1979 in Lexington, Kentucky for the express purpose of providing professional design services to public sector clients. Since the Firm’s inception, BCI has grown to a staff of over 60 members and, in addition to Lexington, has offices in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas. BCI has completed over 25 public library assignments throughout Kentucky.

BCI has also been involved in numerous community-enhancing projects in Boone County, including Boone Woods Park, Union Park, Historic Burlington sidewalk improvements, England-Idlewild Parks, and various engineering assignments in the community. BCI is partnering with HBM Architects for the Hebron building project in order to deliver a first-class library to the County.

HBM Architects is an Ohio-based, nationally recognized library planning and design firm that has been dedicated to helping libraries create and improve their facilities for more than 40 years. They use a dynamic and collaborative process to design flexible, future-minded library facilities that can adapt to changes in how libraries serve their communities and the materials, technology, and programs they offer.

“Libraries are an important and integral part of each community and therefore special consideration and a carefully thought-out design solution is needed. Our goal is to provide an innovative and inspired library building that will reflect the unique context and culture of the Boone County community. We are excited to get started on the new Hebron Branch project and hope you will be able to join us for upcoming input sessions.”—Monica Sumner, BCI.

Speaking of the upcoming input session: We invite all Boone County residents to attend a planning meeting with the architects on Tuesday, September 20, from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Main Library (1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington). This will be your library, Boone County, and we want to hear from you!  At the planning session, you will see images and design styles to spark ideas and develop a vision for the new building that you think will best meet our community’s needs. Then you will roll up your sleeves and help us develop ideas for how the site, building form, and interior layout could be organized.

Please come with an open mind, a vision for the future, and the enthusiasm that makes Boone County an exciting and unique place to live.  Light refreshments will be served.

By Carrie Herrmann, Boone County Public Library Director