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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for May 5, 2016:  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.

Spring Semester Hours
Open Sunday at 8:00 AM and remain open through Friday at 8:00 PM.
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Exceptions:
 

Extended Hours for Pre-Finals Weekend:
Friday, April 29: Close at Midnight
Saturday, April 30: 8:00 AM - Midnight

Graduation Weekend
Friday, May 6: Close at 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 7: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 8: Noon - 5:00 PM

SUMMER HOURS

4 Week Intersession: May 9 - June 5

Monday - Thursday      7am - 8pm

Friday                         7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday      noon - 5pm

EXCEPTIONS

Tuesday, May 10      CLOSE at 3PM for Library Event

Monday,  May 30      CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY

8 Week Summer Session: June 6 - August 7

Monday - Thursday        7am - 10pm

Friday                           7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday        noon - 5pm

EXCEPTIONS

CLOSED JULY 2 - 4 FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY

BREAK HOURS

Monday - Friday             7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday         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


William T. Young Library houses a general undergraduate collection and social science, humanities, business, biology and agricultural materials. As the central library in the university library system, it also is home to the Dean's Office and a number of centralized library services and other university services.

Loan Periods

UK Faculty/Staff, Affiliated Faculty/Staff, Emeritus Faculty, Visiting Scholars

Books: 120 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
100 items (unless restricted)


UK Graduate Students, Donovan Scholars

Books: 90 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days;
Item Limit: 75 items (unless restricted)


UK Undergraduate Students

Books: 28 days
Bound Periodicals: 4 days
Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 25 items (unless restricted)


Non-UK Borrowers

Books: 28 days
Bound and Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print (see AV Services for exceptions): Library Use
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 10 items (unless restricted)

Location (with directions): 401 Hilltop Avenue
Mailing Address: 500 S. Limestone Street, Lexington, KY 40506-0456
Courier Deliveries: 1000 University Drive, Lexington, KY 40506
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