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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for May 24, 2019:  Now Closed

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

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SUMMER SESSION HOURS, MAY 6 - AUGUST 4

Monday - Thursday                                             7am - 8pm

Friday                                                                7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday                                             noon - 5pm

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EXCEPTIONS

Sunday, May 12        OVGTSL Conference             CLOSED

Thursday, May 16      Library Gala                        CLOSE at 3pm

Monday, May 27        Memorial Day                      CLOSED

Wednesday, July 3                                              Close at 5pm

Thursday, July 4         Independence Day              CLOSED

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SUMMER BREAK HOURS, AUGUST 5 - AUGUST 18

Monday - Friday                                                  7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday                                              noon - 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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