Board minutes, agendas and Application now available

The Breathitt County Public Library is looking to fill two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in serving on our Board or if you are interested in more information on our Board

(Meetings, policies, etc.) please click the links below.

Misty Combs

Cataloging & Circulation

Since 2002

Meet Our Team

"A Whimsical, Wizarding Advnture" took guests on a whirlwind trip into a fictional realm where the worlds of j.K. Rowling and Washington Irving meet to spin a one-of-a-kind adventure.

To find out more about our most recent teen program by following the link below. 

To serve the informational and educational needs of the citizens of Breathitt County through the acquisition and maintenance of quality materials, programs, and other services in a manner commensurate with responsible fiscal governance.

From school visits to teen programs, special appearances and great family events the Library always has something going on. 

This month we go "Back to School" as we once again take up our "Library Supports Reading" dates throughout the county

Click below for a schedule of our school visits and our event Calendar!


Our Mission

What's happening?

"Best. Library. Program. EVER!"

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Welcome to the online home of the

Breathitt County Public Library.      Have a look around, find out what's happening at the Library, find a book or even find yourself!

Click the link below to learn more about our wonderful home on the web!

How to use our site!

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The perfect book

Bible Correctly Identified

Stephen D. Bowling


Since 2001

A Bible donated to the Breathitt County Public Library more than 5 years ago has been correctly identified.  The worn and tattered German Bible was originally identified at the time of the donation in October 2009 as the Hogg-Adams Bible in published information about the donation.  

On October 19, 2009, Mary Sue Smith donated the Bach Catechism and several other relicts to the Breathitt County Public Library.  At that time, a Bible printed in 1742 in the donated collection was erroneously identified by volunteers and the Library staff as the Hogg-Adams Bible.  The actual Hogg-Adams Bible remains in a private collection on Quicksand Creek in Breathitt County and is not in the Breathitt County Public Library Collection.  

    The Bible currently in the collection of the Breathitt County Public Library was printed in 1742 and was the family Bible of the John Baltzer and Rosanna (Stumphen) Bach family.  Both Bibles and numerous other artifacts were a part of the Wilgus Bach Collection housed at Stevenson, Kentucky.  Following Dr. Back’s death in 1936, the collection was divided and the Hogg-Adams Bible was returned to the Lazarus W. P. Back family where it is preserved today.

The John Baltzer Bach Bible, the Bach Catechism, and numerous other Bach artifacts can be viewed at the Breathitt County Public Library by appointment.

To make an appointment please contact Stephen Bowling by phone 606-666-5541 or email -

Sign up for Library pages today! Sign up is quick, easy and can be done straight from our Facebook page!

Abby Hays

Part-Time Circulation

Since 2014

Library Links

Thelma Gross  


Since 2015

News flash: Library Updates

The BCPL is Proud to introduce BCPL Media. BCPL MEdia encomposes all of our online digital media services. Be on the look out for a dedicated page with links to all our Social and Digital Media Pages. Until then, take a look at the following links.

Our faces, Our Stories - StoryCorps @ Your Library

on SoundCloud

Breathitt County Library on Youtube

Find us on Snapchat - BCPLib


Susan Pugh

Extended Services

Since 2002

Breathitt County Public Library 

Operating Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Travis Combs

Media Specialist &


Since 2011

Accelerated Reader- Book finder for the school-based testing system.

Reading Counts- Book finder for the Library's Summer Reading testing system.

FactHound- A "safe search" site for your family with fun, education based media. 

E-Books- Kentucky Libraries Unbound, this is the e-book software used by the Library.

YouTube- Follow the Library for the newest videos featuring happenings at the BCPL.

Thank you!

To all who attended

A Whimsical, Wizarding Adventure

"The real success came from the kids, the smiles on their faces made it all worth while. We tried to take this program in a new direction, something different that our "normal" programing. I'm proud to say we did so and everyone loved it."        -Travis Combs                    

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information about upcoming programs!

"Our Faces, Our Stories" - A new generation of recorded voices.
In February, we announced that the library was awarded 2015 StoryCorps @ Your Library grant. Being one of only 10 libraries to recieve this prestigous honor, the Breathitt County public Library is proud to participate in the program which allows us to preserve conversations that record our experiences while capturing our unique dialect.

If you have a story to tell, a memory you hold dear, or some information you believe needs to be preserved on any subject, we would love to hear your story.  The grant is looking for stories about coal and its impact on our lives and families, but conversations can center on any topic.  

"These aren't interveiwsthey're conversations. We welcome you to bring a friend or family member to share youecpirience with, it truly is a conversation. The short, laid-back nature of the StoryCorps conversation is unlike any oral-history we have on record, plus these conversations will go on to be recorded in our Library collection as well as partner Libraries across the nation, including the Library of Congress!​"

                                                                         -Travis Combs

Please contact Stephen Bowling or Travis Combs to reserve your timeslot.