William T. Young Library

 HOURS for October 30, 2020:  Now Closed


William T. Young Library is now operating on a semi-extended schedule for the Fall 2020 semester. For a quick reference guide on UK Libraries' updated hours, visit our Hours at a Glance page.

Group study rooms are unavailable this fall, but we encourage visitors to take advantage of the outdoor study spaces on the balconies of Young Library. Balconies are accessible through the third floor Quiet Studies on the east and west wings of the library. 

The Lactation Room has been relocated to room B-82 in the basement of Young Library and outfitted with additional supplies for nursing moms. See UK Libraries' Service Updates for more information. 

Learn more about UK Libraries safe and smart RESTART here.

�Please note: With the Libraries physical locations closed due to the pandemic, research services will be limited to online interaction. For details on the Libraries during this time, please see the Libraries' COVID-19 page. For research assistance and interactive online services, visit our Ask Us page.

William T. Young Library houses a general undergraduate collection and social sciences, humanities, business, biology and agricultural materials. As the central library in the university library system, it also is home to the Dean's Office and a number of centralized library and university services. See the list to the left for details.

Loan Periods

​Please note: With the Libraries closed for the remainder of the semester, physical materials are no longer available for checkout.

UK Libraries will automatically renew due dates for all borrowed materials through May 31, 2020. If you are concerned about fines, please contact Young Circulation for assistance.

If you wish to return items now, the William T. Young Library book return is open and accessible from the Hilltop Avenue loop facing The 90. Materials will be checked back in when the library reopens.


UK Faculty/Staff, Affiliated Faculty/Staff, Emeritus Faculty, Visiting Scholars

Books: 120 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
100 items (unless restricted)


UK Graduate Students, Donovan Scholars

Books: 90 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days;
Item Limit: 75 items (unless restricted)


UK Undergraduate Students

Books: 42 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 25 items (unless restricted)


Non-UK Borrowers

Books: 28 days
Bound and Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 10 items (unless restricted)

Location (with directions): 401 Hilltop Avenue
Mailing Address: 500 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0456
Courier Deliveries: 1000 University Drive, Lexington, KY 40506
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