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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for December 3, 2016:  Closed

Breckinridge Research Room

About

Link to online requests system

Hours
Mondays - Fridays: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: Closed

The SCRC will be CLOSED for Winter Break Monday, December 26th through Monday, January 2nd.  We will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

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.

Make a Request for Materials

To make a request, all patrons must first create a Researcher Account using our online requests system.

Using your account to make requests in advance and to track your requests as they are retreived 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.

NOTE: Beginning on or about October 3, 2016, a construction project will impact access to one of our main storage areas.  We expect occasional retrieval delays while construction continues through Spring of 2017.  Please plan accordingly.

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.


Contact Information

For other inquiries and reference questions, please contact us at sclref@lsv.uky.edu or (859) 257-8611.


Visitor Parking Information

Information about visitor parking can be found at the UK Parking and Transportion Services website.

We recommend the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) or the W. T. Young visitor lot.

Campus maps, driving and walking directions to the Special Colletions Research Center.


Our Mission

Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

SCRC collects,preserves, and provides access to 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. SCRC maintains the University Archives and records management program for all records generated by the University and serves as its archival repository for permanent records. SCRC advances and supports the research, teaching, and scholarship of the University and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

Associate Dean Deirdre A. Scaggs

Materials at Special Collections Research Center do not circulate.

Access to materials provided through the Breckinridge Research Room.

For Research, Reference, or Collections-related Inquiries
Breckinridge Research Room
Phone:
(859) 257-8611
Fax: (859) 257-6311
Email: sclref@lsv.uky.edu

Campus Mail Code: 0039

Mailing Address:
Special Collections Research Center
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Delivery Address:
179 Funkhouser Drive
Margaret I. King Library
University of Kentucky Libraries
Lexington, KY 40506-0039

Emergency Vehicle Response Location:
179 Funkhouser