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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 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. See details.


Fall Semester Hours--Beginning September 8

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

Saturday                                                                    8am - 8pm



Tuesday, November 24                                             Close at 8pm

Wednesday, November 25                                         8am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27                  CLOSED

Saturday, November 28                                            noon - 5pm

Sunday, November 29                                              Open at noon

Extended Hours for Finals

Friday,  December 11                                               Close at midnight

Saturday, December 12                                            8am - midnight


Last Day of Fall Semester, Friday, 12/18                    Close at 5pm

 Winter Break Hours


Saturday & Sunday,

  December 19 & 20                                                 CLOSED

Monday - Thursday,

   December 21 - 24                                                 8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday, December 25                                                CLOSED

Saturday & Sunday                                                  CLOSED

Monday - Thursday,

   December 28 - 31                                                 8:00am - 5:00pm


Friday, January 1                                                     CLOSED

Saturday & Sunday,

   January 2 & 3                                                       CLOSED                                                 

Monday - Friday,

   January 4 - 8                                                        8:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday & Sunday,

   January 9 & 10                                                     noon - 5:00pm

Monday & Tuesday,

   January 11 & 12                                                   7:00am _ 8:00pm

Why Young Library Requires IDs After 10:00 p.m.

Because of the confluence of two situations:

  • Number of assaults and sex offenses in and around Young Library in previous years.
  • Students' demands to have 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 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. (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 below).
  • IDs would be checked manually.
  • Restricted access period was shortened to 10:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m.

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 p.m. 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.

Reciprocal Colleges

 Alice Lloyd College
 Asbury University
 Asbury Theological Seminary
 Bellarmine University
 Berea College
 Brescia University
 Campbellsville University
 Centre College
 Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
 Eastern Kentucky University
 Frontier Nursing University
 Georgetown College
 Kentucky Christian University
 Kentucky State University
 Kentucky Wesleyan College
 Lexington Theological Seminary
 Lindsey Wilson College
 Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
 Midway College
 Morehead State University
 Murray State University

 Northern Kentucky University
 St. Catharine College
 Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
 Sullivan University
 Thomas More College
 Transylvania University
 Union College
 University of Louisville
 University of Pikeville (UPike)
 University of the Cumberlands
 Western Kentucky University


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