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BSCTC Libraries Meeting the Needs of Students

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PRESTONSBURG, KY. – Big Sandy Community & Technical College’s (BSCTC) campus libraries are hubs for student assistance with homework, tutoring, and personal necessities. BSCTC libraries serve as access points for The Nest, BSCTC’s student resource center, and provide tutoring and technology for the student body. 

To meet the technological needs of students, the library has received around 150 laptops for check out. For students who do not have Internet access at home, the library now provides MiFi (free Internet) in partnership with Professor Brandie Davis. 

Other assistance provided with the library's help includes food pantry bags (Nest bags) and holiday presents.  The libraries have been working closely with The Nest to provide students with free pantry food bags and food cards (when available) daily since September 2020. Students have been able to pick up one food pantry bag per week at any of the three library locations at Pikeville, Prestonsburg, or Mayo Campuses.  The libraries have helped to provide over 600 pantry bags to BSCTC students. 

President Sherry Zylka explains, “It is imperative we see to the needs of our students and help them in all ways possible. Our approach is holistic, as we know that with support, our students will graduate and build successful communities.” 

The libraries partnered again with faculty and staff to host their second annual holiday gift drive for students who need gifts for their children. Last year the drive served over one hundred children, and this year there were over 130 children served.   Judy Howell, Director of Library Services and ACE, stated, “It’s important for the college to meet all the needs of our students whether that be food, technology, or presents for their children at this time of the year. Our library staff enjoys helping our students.” 

Each year the library partners with various departments, faculty, and staff to serve the needs of our students. The library's goal is to be the hub of our campuses and student life on campus. 



Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) provides accessible quality educational opportunities for student success, promotes economic growth and enhances the quality of life of its constituents.  As the region’s premier community and technical College, BSCTC is recognized as the first choice for higher education; academic achievement; cultural enrichment; student success; and community, workforce, and economic development.  With campuses in Prestonsburg, Paintsville, Hager Hill, and Pikeville, BSCTC offers 30 programs and more than 200 credentials. Visit to learn more.

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