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The Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library offers a wide range of services to support and strengthen teaching, learning and research on the Lexington Campus. Learn more about our services by clicking on the options below.


Policies -- Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library

Faculty Services

Classes on Demand (using library collections & resources)

Would you like to see your students improve their papers and research assignments? Each year we see many students struggle with basic research because they have poor information-seeking skills. Even with information skills, it is hard to keep up with the ever increasing number of new resources available. That's what librarians do; we in the Little Library specialize in information resources for art, music, and theatre.

Listed below are types of sessions that are offered. The library will work with instructional staff to create any type of session desired.

1. General library orientation class; includes review of library services, how to use the online catalog, general databases for searching periodical literature, and reference materials.
2. General orientation plus resources of specific interest to your class.
3. Intensive focus on a specific research area with in depth coverage of resources in all formats.
4. Session devoted to specific print resources and/or electronic databases important to your curriculum.

Sessions are taught in our library instruction classroom in Little Library when possible, but we can certainly come to your classroom if that works best for you and your students.

If you are interested in arranging a library and information training session, please contact Meg Shaw.


The Library has 41 public lockers available for use. The public lockers are located in three banks on the first and second floor.

Public Lockers

  1. Lockers are for securing items while using the Library. They are not intended for long term storage of personal items.
  2. The Library is not responsible for personal items stored in lockers.
  3. No uncharged library materials are to be placed in lockers for any amount of time.
  4. We reserve the right to open lockers at any time to search for missing books.
  5. The Library will conduct a routine locker check once a year. Notices will be posted in advance of this check. Personal items found in lockers at this time will be placed in Library lost and found for a reasonable time and then discarded.
  6. There is a $10 (cash only) replacement fee for lost locker keys.


Faculty members and teaching assistants (TAs) place library materials on reserve for students to read, review, or listen to for course requirements. These items are shelved in the first floor Reserve Room or Media Desk. Reserve items include books, scores, sound recordings, video recordings, from both the Fine Arts Library and other campus libraries in the UK system, as well as personal copy items. Course reserve lists appear in InfoKat, the Libraries' online catalog, organized by professor's name. Students can view the list of reserve items, obtain call numbers, and retrieve their own reserve materials. Please note that desk workers can show students how to search InfoKat for reserve lists, but cannot "look up" call numbers for materials on reserve.


Permanent Reserves
There are two categories of material in the Reserve Collection. The first is the Permanent Reserve Collection. This consists of material that is heavily used or that requires special security. Permanent reserve material can be located in
InfoKat, the Libraries' online catalog, using standard search strategies, such as Author, Title or Subject. Loan periods are 2 hours. These materials are not restricted to one course.

Course Reserves
The second category of material in the Reserve Collection is material that is currently being used for a course. These materials can be found in
InfoKat, the Libraries' online catalog, in the Course Reserve Search template, by selecting the instructor's name.

Print Reserve materials listed on InfoKat are shelved in a "self-serve" Reserve Room adjacent to the Circulation Desk. These items have a loan period of two hours, one day, or one week, at the request of the instructor.

Video and sound reserve recordings should be requested at the Fine Arts Media Desk.

The Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center houses collections and services for art, arts administration, dance, music, photography, and theatre and is the home of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music.

 Into the Woods, Wild Phlox at Blue Licks, Dancing Landscape, Winter Rustic, and Angel Tree

"Into the Woods," "Wild Phlox at Blue Licks,"
"Dancing Landscape," "Winter Rustic," and "Angel Tree"

Artist: Kathy Rees Johnson; photographer: M.S.Rezny


Loan Periods

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

Books: 120 days
Bound and Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print: 120 days (microforms)
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 100 items (unless restricted)

UK Graduate Students, Donovan Scholars

Books: 90 days
Bound and Unbound Periodicals: Library Use
Non-Print: 90 days (microforms)
Reserves: 2 hours; 1 day; 3 days; 7 days
Item Limit: 75 items (unless restricted)

UK Undergraduate Students

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

160 Patterson Drive
Lexington, KY 40506-0224