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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for August 27, 2016:  12:00pm - 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.

BEGINNING OF FALL SEMESTER

Monday & Tuesday, August 22 & 23                       7am - 8pm

Wednesday & ThursdayAugust 24 & 25               7am - midnight

Friday, August 26                                                 7am - 5pm

Saturday & Sunday, August 27 & 28                       noon - 8pm

Monday - Thursday, August 29 - Sept. 1                 7am - midnight

Friday, Sept. 2                                                     7am - 8pm

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4                    noon - 8pm

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 (LABOR DAY)              OPEN AT NOON AND BEGIN 24 HOUR SCHEDULE

FALL SEMESTER

OPEN AT 8PM ON SUNDAYS AND REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS

THROUGH FRIDAY AT 8PM

SATURDAYS 8AM - 8PM

EXCEPTIONS:

THANKSGIVING

Tuesday, November 22                                     Close at 8pm

Wednesday, November 23                                 8am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25               CLOSED

Saturday, November 26                                    noon - 5pm

Sunday, November 27                                      noon - 24 hour

EXTENDED HOURS FOR FINALS

Friday, December 9                                           Close at midnight

Saturday, December 10                                     8am - midnight

LAST DAY OF FALL SEMESTER, FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 CLOSE AT 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)

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