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 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 while we request courier service and retrieve the materials.
The Breckinridge Research Room staff are happy to place materials on hold/reserve for up to 30 days. Holds can be managed in our Researcher Account.
Same day requests for materials on-site are accepted. While some requests take a minimum of 10-15 minutes to retreive, longer delays in retrieval 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.
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.
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.