CLEO Turns 50: Exhibition OPENS SUMMER 2019

Cleo Rogers Memorial Library

536 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201



The Cleo Rogers Memorial Library, designed by architect I.M. Pei, opened to the public in 1969 and has served as the main branch of Bartholomew County Public Libraries for 50 years. The “Cleo Turns 50” exhibition will share our community’s memories of this special building and celebrate the many ways it has shaped our civic consciousness. The library will host a series of public events and activities to consider this beloved building’s past, present, and futures. Exhibit will open this summer.

Cleo Rogers (1906-1964) served as library director from 1936 until 1964. Her commitment to serving her community lives on in the library building she championed.



Bartholomew County Public Library provides resources for life-long learning and enjoyment. BCPL offers services to the citizens of Bartholomew County via the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library in Columbus, Hope Branch Library, and Bookmobile service with at least one stop in every township.

Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives collects, preserves, and promotes materials related to the design and construction of Bartholomew County’s significant architecture, landscape architecture, public art and public planning.

Project support from the Clarence E. and Inez R. Custer Foundation and the Walter C. and Elizabeth Ruddick Nugent Foundation.