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William T. Young Library

 HOURS for February 11, 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:
Friday, March 11: Close at 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13: Noon - 5:00 PM
Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 19: Noon - 5:00 PM

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


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: Through the loading dock opposite 417 Columbia Avenue (ΑΦ House).
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