William T. Young Library

 HOURS for January 20, 2020:  12:00pm - Midnight

William T. Young Library Hours

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

*UK or Reciprocal College borrowers only between 10pm and 6am.

  Campus or Reciprocal School Photo IDs Required


Wednesday, January 1                                 CLOSED

Thursday & Friday, January 2 & 3                     8am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday, January 4 & 5                   noon - 5pm

 Monday - Friday, January 6 - 10                      8am - 5pm

 Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12               noon - 5pm


Beginning Spring Semester Hours

Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14                   7am - 8pm

Wednesday & Thursday, January 15 & 16            7am - midnight

Friday, January 17                                            7am - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19                  noon - 8pm

Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  Open at noon and begin 24/5 schedule


Spring Semester Hours

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

Saturdays, 8am - 8pm



Friday, March 13                                           Close at 5pm

Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15                 noon - 5pm

Monday - Friday, March 16 - 20                      8am - 5pm

Saturday, March 21                                        noon - 5pm


Friday, May 1                                                 Close at midnight

Saturday, May 2                                             8am - midnight


Friday, May 8                                                  Close at 5pm

Saturday, May 9 (Commencement)                   10am - 5pm

Sunday, May 10                                               noon - 5pm


Why Young Library requires IDs after 10:00PM 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.

See Hours for all UK Libraries