Breathitt County Public Library 

Breathitt County Public LIbrary Awarded

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The Breathitt County Public Library has been named an “Enhanced Kentucky Library” for the second time in four years.
The award was presented after the Kentucky Library Standards Committee reviewed the practices and procedures at the Breathitt County Public Library in October as part of their biennial assessments.  The Enhanced Kentucky Library award is the second highest level of standards recognized by the Kentucky Public Library Association.  
“We are very pleased to be one of a hand full of Kentucky libraries that has achieved this level of quality service to the people we serve,” Breathitt County Public Library Director Stephen D. Bowling said.  “We still have work to do as we upgrade out wireless and internet access in an effort to better serve our patrons.”

The Enhanced designation indicates that the BCPL is providing a high level of service to the community as measured by standards developed by the Kentucky Public Library Association in cooperation with the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  Kentucky’s 119 public libraries are rated as Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary as measured by seven standards: governance/administration, human resources, collections, services, facilities, technology, as well as marketing and public relations.

“The KPLA Standards are a great tool for Kentucky public libraries to demonstrate that they are invested in the future,” KPLA Standards Committee Chairperson Kristi Tucker said.  “We congratulate Kentucky’s libraries for their hard work and determination to make life better for Kentuckians every day.”    

Bowling noted that the advanced service provided to the people of the area was the result of tremendous community support and high-level of hard work and commitment by the Board of Trustees through the years.

“We are pleased but still looking for ways to improve our service and better ways to serve our community,” Bowling said.

The Breathitt County Public Library is open 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Mondaythrough Friday with extended hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 7:00 p.m.  The Library is also open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Stop by and enjoy our free services today. 

Take a step back in time to the 1920's a time of Gangster's, Swinging Jazz and Prohibition.

The year is 1927, the place is the Grand River Hotel and the crime is incredible!

Journey into the heyday of American indulgence and try your hand at crime solving as the BCPL presents

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Abby Hays

Part-Time Circulation

Since 2014

John Turner

Part-Time Circulation

Since 2016

The BCPL is Proud to introduce BCPL Media. BCPL Media encompasses 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

Thelma Gross  


Since 2015

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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

Travis Combs

Media Specialist &


Since 2011

Susan Pugh

Extended Services

Since 2002

Carissa Hatton

Part-Time Circulation

Since 2015

Stephen D. Bowling


Since 2001

Operating Hours
Monday - Wednesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 
​8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

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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. 

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