The Breckinridge Research Room provides in-person research access to rare books, archival and manuscript collections, public policy collections, Appalachian collections, Kentuckiana, and other materials held at the Special Collections Research Center.
The Special Collections Research Center provides research services through a wide variety of in-person and online resources. Links to our Centers, databases, projects, exhibits, and other services can be found in the adjacent "Library Links" menu or on our Research Guides.
Using your account to track your requests and make requests in advance ensures that materials are ready when you arrive. Making a request in person upon arrival may result in a significant delay while we retrieve the materials. It is not required to make an appointment prior to your visit; however, many collections are stored off-site and require a request to be made at least 48 hours in advance.
For more information on the online requests system, please visit the FAQ page. All first-time users will be required to accept the User Agreement before viewing materials in the Breckinridge Research Room, placing a digital reproduction order, or requesting an oral history order. This includes agreeing to abide by our materials Use Policies and Procedures.
The Breckinridge Research Room staff are happy to place materials on hold/reserve for up to 30 days.
For other inquiries and reference questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 257-8611.
Visitor Parking Information
Information about visitor parking can be found at the UK Parking and Transportion Services website.
(March 31, 2016) The UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center has initiated a new online requests system allowing all our faculty, students, patrons, and visiting researchers to submit requests for materials, schedule a visit, or place digital reproduction and oral history orders through a custom web-based interface.
Create an account to get started. All researchers visiting after March 31st will need to complete registration in their new account.
UK community members can login using their LinkBlue IDs while visitors can create their own login username and password. For more information, visit our FAQ.
The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Materials are acquired regardless of format and include both primary and secondary sources; Kentuckiana is collected comprehensively. Special Collections maintains the records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.