Beginning in May 2018, various phases of a construction project will impact the Breckinridge Research Room. There will be a period of time when the room will be closed and an alternative room will be utilized for research. We will post another notice when the exact dates are known. Thank you for your patience with any minor noise and occasional workmen during this time.
Continuing Construction Project Update
Due to the continuing construction project, the Breckinridge Research Room will be closed and access to collections will be by appointment only during some days in June and July 2018. We will post these dates as they are known. Please check back for updates. Thank you for your patience as we improve our services.
Breckinridge Research Room
The Breckinridge Research Room provides in-person researcher 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 make requests in advance and to track your requests as they are retrieved ensures that materials are ready when you arrive. It is not required to make an appointment prior to your visit; however, many collections are stored off-site and require at least 48 hours advance notice. Making a request in-person upon arrival for an item stored off-site will result in a significant delay, up to two days, while we request courier service and delivery.
The Breckinridge Research Room staff are happy to place materials on hold/reserve for up to 30 days. Holds can be managed in your Researcher Account.
Same day requests for materials on-site are accepted. While some requests may take a minimum of 10-15 minutes to retrieve, longer delays are possible. We cannot guarantee same day retrieval for requests made after 4pm.
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.
For other inquiries and reference questions, please contact SCRC or (859) 257-8611.
Visitor Parking Information
Information about visitor parking can be found at the UK Transportation Services website.