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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for February 24, 2017:  Close at 8:00pm

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.



SPRING SEMESTER HOURS

OPEN SUNDAY AT 8 AM AND REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FRIDAY AT 8PM

Saturdays                                            8am - 8pm


EXCEPTIONS:

SPRING BREAK

Friday, March 10                                              Close at 5pm

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

Monday - Friday, March 13 - 17                        8am - 5pm

Saturday, March 18                                          noon - 5pm

EXTENDED HOURS FOR PRE-FINALS WEEKEND

Friday, April 28                                               Close at midnight

Saturday, April 29                                           8am - midnight

GRADUATION WEEKEND

Friday, May 5                                                  Close at 5pm

Saturday, May 6                                              10am - 5pm

Sunday, May 7                                                 noon - 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.


See Hours for all UK Libraries