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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for September 19, 2017:  24 Hours

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

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Regular Fall Semester Hours (September 5 - December 15)


OPEN AT 8AM ON SUNDAYS AND REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS

THROUGH 8PM ON FRIDAYS

SATURDAYS 8AM - 8PM


EXCEPTIONS:

Week of Thanksgiving:


Tuesday, November 21                         close at 5pm

Wednesday, November 22                     8am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday,

     November 23 & 24                           CLOSED

Saturday, November 25                         noon - 5pm

Sunday, November 26                           OPEN at noon and return to regular semester hours

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Extended Hours for Finals Week


Friday, December 8                            Close at midnight

Saturday, December 9                        8am - midnight

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LAST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER, FRIDAY DECEMBER 15     CLOSE AT 5PM

                                       


Why Young Library requires IDs after 10:00 PM

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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