The Bullitt County Public Library exists as it does today thanks to the generosity and dedication of its employees and supporters, past and present. Our history is filled with the hard work of community organizers and volunteers, locations in donated spaces, and more than a few flooded buildings. We hope that this story is one that continues forever and that all of our patrons know that the Library offers everyone the chance to explore, learn, and enjoy.
New Library Director
September 17, 2022
Tara O’Hagan officially began her tenure as Library Director.
Central Library Grand Opening
September 17, 2022
The new Central Library officially opened to the public.
Introducing Curbside Pickup
March 17, 2020
Our Curbside Pickup service (originally known as Curbside Delivery) makes its official debut!
Nichols Branch Opening Day
February 13, 2020
We surprised you and opened with little fanfare at the new Nichols Branch Library, located at 10729 Highway 44 West.
Groundbreaking for Nichols Branch Library
December 4, 2018
Groundbreaking, giveaways, and more! Although early construction was already underway, we hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the parking lot at Nichols Elementary School.
New BCPL Website Launches!
November 6, 2017
The new website is finally here! After nearly two years of hard work on behalf of our marketing team and web developer, the new site went live.
Mt. Washington Dedication Ceremony
September 9, 2017
Following our soft open of the new Mt. Washington Branch, we threw a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Mt. Washington Opening Day
August 17, 2017
We surprised you and opened with little fanfare at the new Mt. Washington Branch Library, located at 214 N. Bardstown Road.
Land Purchased for New Main Library in Shepherdsville
May 25, 2017
Bullitt County Public Library purchased 5.42 acres near the Lowes in Shepherdsville to build a new main library.
Land Purchased for New Nichols Branch
March 17, 2017
The Library purchased four residential properties in Nichols, Kentucky, to combine into a 1.3 acre parcel for the site of a new library branch.
Mt. Washington Branch Breaks Ground
December 4th, 2015
After multiple delays to the project, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mt. Washington Branch Library was held.
The existing church and parish on the Mt. Washington lot were removed to make way for construction of a 13,000 square foot library.
New Library Director
January 2, 2014
Joe Schweiss took over as BCPL Director.
Introducing Reed the Raccoon!
In this month’s issue of The Library Bulletin, we announced a cute, cuddly raccoon as our new Children’s mascot!
Retirement Reception for Director Randy Matlow
August 25, 2013
A reception was held at Ridgway Memorial Library in honor of Randy Matlow, who retired after 24 years as Director at Bullitt County Public Library. He served from April 1989 to September 2013.
Land Purchase for Mt. Washington Branch
Land was purchased for a new Mt. Washington Branch Library across the street from the 2002 building.
Technical Services and Outreach & Programs Moves into New Space
BCPL’s Technical Services and Outreach & Programs departments moved into the old Dorothea Stottman Branch Library.
New Hillview Branch Library
April 15, 2012
The ribbon cutting ceremony for Hillview Branch Library was held. The new facility opened for service on the following day.
Construction begins on new Hillview Branch
The 10,000-square foot branch was officially underway in this Courier-Journal article.
New Hillview Branch Library Announced to Replace Dorothea Stottman
March 8, 2011
Plans were announced at the board meeting for the brand new Hillview Branch Library.
New Lebanon Junction Branch Library
July 11th, 2010
The ribbon cutting for the new 7,700-square-foot Lebanon Junction Branch Library facility on South Preston Highway was held.
The Nichols “Easy Access Library” at Nichols Elementary School was put into operation.
New Lebanon Junction Branch Breaks Ground
September 2, 2009
The new Lebanon Junction Branch Library broke ground.
Plans for New Lebanon Junction Branch Announced
The Library announced plans to build a new facility three times the size of the old.
Expanded Ridgway Memorial Dedicated
February 11, 2007
The newly expanded, 16,000-square-foot Ridgway Memorial Library was dedicated.
Ridgway Memorial Renovation
Construction began on the Ridgway Memorial Library addition/renovation project.
Mt. Washington Snapp Street Location Opens
September 29, 2002
The grand opening for the new 6,000-square-foot building was held.
The Library website at www.bcplib.org was launched! Flood waters again threatened Ridgway Memorial.
Public Internet Access
The Library began using a computer system to check out materials to patrons, and public internet access was introduced at BCPL.
Computer-based Catalog Introduced
Big changes were introduced to the way the Library handled circulation!
Mt. Washington Relocation
Mt. Washington Branch Library moved to a small 2,400-square-foot post office building.
Lebanon Junction Branch Library Grand Opening
November 8th, 1987
We celebrated the grand opening of the first Lebanon Junction branch library building.
Updates to Mt. Washington Branch, Including a Wheelchair Ramp
April 1st, 1987
Read about Mt. Washington Branch Library in The Pioneer News.
Hillview Library Renamed Dorothea Stottman
The North Bullitt Library in Hillview was renamed the Dorothea Stottman Library.
The Library was in the red for the first time since the North Bullitt dedication.
Friends of the Library
A Friends of the Library group was organized. Mt. Washington Branch moved again.
House Bill 44
January 31, 1979
House Bill 44 passed and taxes were held up six months.
North Bullitt Branch Library
March 13th, 1977
The North Bullitt Branch Library in Hillview was dedicated.
Lebanon Junction Given Physical Building
The Lebanon Junction Branch Library was moved out of the bookmobile to City Hall.
Mt. Washington Relocation to Physical Building
The Mt. Washington Branch Library was relocated to the City Hall building.
Mt. Washington Bookmobile
The Mt. Washington Star covers Mt. Washington’s original bookmobile!
New Ridgway Memorial Library Dedicated
January 21st, 1973
The new Ridgway Memorial Library on N. Walnut Street was dedicated.
New Shepherdsville Branch Approved
The library board approved construction of a new 8,000-square-foot facility in Shepherdsville. The Library Services Construction Act funded 62% of the project
Lebanon Junction Bookmobile Established
Following a successful petition drive, Bullitt County Fiscal Court established the library taxing district under KRS 173.720. Lebanon Junction Branch Library was opened as a bookmobile.
Ridgway Memorial Library Dedicated
Dr. and Mrs. Sam Ridgway donated a home to be used as the Ridgway Memorial Library.
Library Legally Established
The Shepherdsville library moved to a small building behind Pike Law Office.
Mount Washington Branch Library Established
A Friends of the Library group was organized. Mt. Washington branch was opened by volunteers.
The Bullitt County Fiscal Court and the Board of Education each designated $500 annually to fund the library.
The State of Kentucky Establishes Bookmobile Program
The state of Kentucky began its Bookmobile Program.
Library Closes & Books Stored
The library was closed due to a building program at the church. Books were stored for several years.
First Public Library Established
January 24, 1924
The Bullitt County Woman’s Club established the first public library in the county.