Thursday, May 03, 2018

HCTC Update Summer 2018

HCTC Libraries remain open during the summer.  The library staff is here to help so please feel free to stop by.  Hours for both the Stephens and Lees locations will be Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., closed Fridays with the exception of Memorial Day and 4th of July when the library will operate on an 8:00-4:30 p.m. schedule. Closed on the national holiday dates.


·       Librarians are available all summer to assist you.  For assistance with writing assignments you may schedule a one-to-one session to review MLA or APA by going to the following link:

      If you need help accessing the databases or have questions about the research process you may
      contact library staff by email or phone or use the Text/Chat feature “Ask a Question” located on the webpage at:


·       You have access to thousands of online eBooks through EBSCO’s Academic Collection.  The books are available for access off campus.  Go to Catalogs and Databases, select EBSCOhost and look for the link to eBook Academic Collection. 

·        Off Campus access to databases and eBooks is available 24/7.  Students are authenticated through the HCTC Libraries’ proxy server. 

      Go to:  Click on Catalogs and Databases, select the database group, enter your KCTCS log-in and password (JDoe0006, library125) when prompted.


·        Multiple LibGuides are available and serve to provide step by step instructions on how to locate and use the resources (eBooks, magazines, journals, newspapers and related web links). .  The Distance Learning LibGuide can be a helpful and provides step by step instructions and tutorials on how to access electronic books and databases. 


·        Library contact information is also included in Blackboard.   Look for the eLibrary tab at the top of the screen. 



 Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding resources or services. 


        Cathy Branson 

Director of Library Services



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome to Hazard Community and Technical College Libraries

HCTC Libraries are at your service!

HCTC Libraries offer students, faculty, staff and community access to library and information services and materials. HCTC has two libraries, the Stephens Library and the Lees College Campus Library. Extended Campus Library Services serve the needs of the Leslie, Knott, and Technical Campuses and online students.

The staff are here to offer assistance.  Please stop by one of the locations or send your message via the Text/Chat service.  Librarians may also be reached via email or by phone.   Click on the web address to send a message.

Welcome to HCTC!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

HCTC Libraries Fall Newsletter

New and Noteworthy Resources and Support

Greetings from HCTC Libraries! Fall is off to a great start, and we’re eager to support the work of our learning community during this academic year with quality academic resources, friendly support, and facilities where you can rely on the space and assistance you need to complete your project!

Since last year, we’ve “upped our game” with some new tools that we know you will love. Our LibGuides (those convenient little online library resource guides available here) continue to grow and expand, we have upgraded the chat functionality on our webpage, and we have officially opened the new Media & Information Commons at the Leslie County Center. We’re incredibly excited about this year!

If you haven’t been connecting with HCTC librarians online, well, you’re missing out. Our librarians offer quality academic support in a variety of areas—whether that means citations, bibliographies, locating books, DVD’s, or magazines, accessing our online eBooks (did you know you can download those to your e-readers, tablets, and smartphones? Click here to find out how), downloading research or news articles from our databases, or just looking over your project with you to make sure you’re on the right track! You can email us, call us, or chat with us online from the HCTC Libraries webpage.

We’re also visiting your classrooms, teaching you how to use academic and professional resources easily and effectively. You can contact us to schedule a class-visit or individual consultation, or simply stop by Stephens Library, Lees College Campus Library, or any Extended Campus Library Services location.

Featured Resource: Career Assessment

Many students come to HCTC with a major and even a career already in mind, but many are also undecided, and that’s okay! It takes time and patience to discover your career path. HCTC Libraries offers an online Career Assessment that helps you determine your strongest aptitudes based on a simple set of questions. No score can tell you what career you want, but it might tell you what majors or programs you might consider based on your interests! You can access our Testing & Education Reference Center by clicking here. You’ll find the Career Assessment under Career Tools. Give it a try today!

New Location: HCTC Libraries’ Media & Information Commons

The opening of the Media & Information Commons (alternatively dubbed “the MIC” or “the Commons”) represents the extension of library resources and support for a small campus learning community. We’ve selected resources to support those programs, provided computers with internet access, and created a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for students to study and get the help they need. Our equipment list includes iPods, a digital video camera, portable turntable, stereo, headphones, and more. Students at HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass & Traditional Music will especially appreciate our collection of music and music-related items available for check-out. Stop by and say hello!

Your Needs, Your Libraries

Is there a resource you think we should offer? Is there a service you think we should provide? Would you like to schedule a class visit with an HCTC librarian? Are you having trouble using any of our tools? Seriously, please contact us. The only thing worse than feeling stumped is giving up because you’re afraid to ask for help.

Who We Are

Cathy Branson, Director
Deirdre Campbell, Library Specialist—Public
Robert Campbell, Extended Services Librarian
Donna Collins, Library Specialist—Public
Marlene Conley, Library Specialist—Technical
Patrick Davison, Reference Librarian
Adam Nickel, Reference Librarian
Barbara Watts, Library Specialist—Technical

What We Do

HCTC Libraries offer students, faculty, staff and community access to library and information services and materials. HCTC has two libraries, the Stephens Library and the Lees College Campus Library. Extended Campus Library Services serves the needs of the Leslie, Knott, and Technical Campuses as well as online students.

Contact Us!

Stephens Library
(800) 246-7521, ext. 73304

Lees College Campus Library
(800) 246-7521, ext. 73568

Extended Campus Library Services
800-246-7521 ext. 73124

Monday, August 01, 2011

Extending Our Reach

It's a new semester here at HCTC, and Extended Library Services is here to help you with homework, research, books, ebooks, articles, electronic resources, and anything else the library can supply. Just because you don't have physical access to Stephens Library or Lee County Campus Library doesn't mean you should lower your expectations. The goal of Extended Library Services is to supply the same access and services you would expect from our major campus locations. We are happy to help you navigate electronic journal articles, peruse ebooks, or search our online reference collection. Whether you are in Hyden, Hindman, our Technical campus, or working primarily online, don't hesitate to contact Robert J. Campbell, Extended Services Librarian, with your questions at or by phone at 1-800-246-7521, ext. 73124. We also look forward to connecting with you on Facebook and Twitter (coming soon)!