1894 - Free public library services in Breathitt County with the Kentucky Federation of Women's Club effort known as the Traveling Library project which sent book boxes to places in Kentucky.

1930 - February 5- Breathitt County Library purchased the old Hargis Commercial Bank Building on Main Street

1967 -Voters overwhelmingly approved the creation of the Breathitt County Public Library Taxing District.

1972 - The Library purchases the Red Reynolds' Ford Dealership and moves to College Avenue

2004 -The Breathitt County Public Library begin the planning of a future building project.

2012 - The Breathitt County Public Library Board purchases the College Avenue Building of Hazard Community and Technical College. This is now known the Library Annex building 

Meet Our Team

"We continue to support the mission of the Breathitt County Public Library in the belief that everyone can learn and everyone must have access to information in order to make our community a better place for not only ourselves, but more importantly our kids and grand kids."

Stephen D. Bowling


Since 2001



Thelma Gross


Since 2015

Carissa Hatton

Part-Time Circulation 

Since 2015

Sandra Napier


Since 2017

Our History 

A word from the Director

Travis Combs

Programing and Circ.

Since 2011


Breathitt County Public Library 

Board of Trustees

Susan Pugh

Ext.Services and Cataloging 

Since 2002


Misty Combs

Heritage Center, Programing and Circ.

Since 2003

Interested in more information on our Board meetings or interested in serving on our Board yourself? You've come to the right place! Click the link below to visit our "Board Page" here you will find information such as Minutes, Agendas and Applications.