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The William T. Young Library will be closed the morning of August 15 for a special event. We will reopen to the public at noon that day. All other UK Libraries locations will be operating on a normal schedule.

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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for August 17, 2018:  8:00am - 5:00pm

William T. Young Library Hours


Please Note: See the hours that apply to specific departments and offices within Young Library.

IDs are required for entry to the library between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM during the fall and spring semesters. See details


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIBRARY WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL NOON ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15


Summer Break: August 6 - August 19

Monday - Friday                          7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday                      noon - 5


Beginning of Fall Semester: August 20 - September 3

Monday & Tuesday, August 20 & 21               7am - 8pm

Wednesday & Thursday, August 22 & 23        7am - midnight

Friday, August 24                                        7am - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26             noon - 8pm

Monday - Thursday, August 27 - 30              7am - midnight

Friday, August 31                                        7am - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday, September 1 & 2           noon - 8pm

Monday, September 3 (Labor Day)               open at noon and begin 24/5 schedule


Fall Semester Hours

Open at 8am on Sunday and remain open through Friday at 8pm

Saturday       8am - 8pm


EXCEPTIONS

THANKSGIVING 

Tuesday, November 20                                     Close at 5

Wednesday, Novermber 21                               8am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23               CLOSED

Saturday, November 24                                    noon - 5pm

Sunday, November 25                                      OPEN at noon and resume normal schedule

EXTENDED HOURS FOR FINALS WEEK

Friday, December 7                      Close at midnight

Saturday, December 8                  8am - midnight

Last day of Fall Semester, Friday, December 14          Close at 5pm


Why Young Library requires IDs after 10:00 PM during Fall and Spring semesters

Because of the confluence of two situations:

  • The number of assaults and sex offenses in and around Young Library in previous years
  • Students' demand to have the library open 24 hours

The library reinstated its 24-hour schedule in Fall 2005, but with stricter security guidelines in place.* A comprehensive security assessment of the Young Library area was completed in summer 2004 and recommended limiting the library to electronic access from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM (i.e., having students use student IDs to gain entrance to the library). The library implemented a suitable alternative since badge access was not feasible.

Access was restricted to current UK students, faculty, staff, and reciprocal college borrowers (See list of reciprocal colleges). Also, IDs would be checked manually, and the restricted access period was shortened to 10:00 PM - 6:00 AM (this restricted access period corresponds to the same restricted access period employed by the Medical Center).

Restricting access is common practice in libraries with extended hours. Requiring an ID to enter the building overnight is a security measure and is enforced for the safety and security of every student, staff, and faculty member in the library after 10:00 PM. Alternatives such as having student records checked by name or address are neither practical nor safe, increasing the time one would wait to enter the building, creating congestion in the library foyer, and increasing the chances of someone giving a false address to gain entry.

*Additional information for Federal Depository Users.


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