In keeping with the University of Kentucky's commitment to reduce risks associated with the novel coronavirus, all public library spaces on campus are CLOSED. UK Libraries is now operating on an online service delivery model. View our online services and resources here.
The Special Collections Research Center is currently closed to the public, but we are still here to assist you. Please submit questions and requests for remote assistance through our online form at libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.
Research Services provides research support and access to SCRC’s archival collections, historical documents, rare books, and other primary sources to all registered students, faculty, staff, and community members.
The Breckinridge Research Room provides quiet study and in-person access to rare books, archival and manuscript collections, public policy collections, Appalachian collections, Kentuckiana, and other materials held at the Special Collections Research Center.
Planning a visit to the Breckinridge Research Room? Set up a Research Services Account to submit requests for use of SCRC materials, to scan personal research material in the Breckinridge Digital Studio, or to submit scanning orders of SCRC materials.
Have questions? Need more help? Contact Us online anytime or give us a call at (859) 257-8611.
From I-75 South I-64 East or West Take exit 113 (marked Paris/Lexington). Turn right off the exit ramp onto North Broadway (US 68). Follow through downtown approximately 3.5 miles. Two blocks past the Hyatt Regency Lexington, turn left onto West Maxwell Street. Follow to the corner of UK's campus, turning right on Rose Street. King Library is not situated on a street, so you'll need to find parking and review campus maps.
From the Bluegrass Parkway Turn right off the exit onto Versailles Road (US 60). Follow it about 10 miles until it becomes a one-way street (West Maxwell Street). Follow to the corner of UK's campus, turning right on Rose Street. The King Library is not situated on a street so you'll need to find parking and review campus maps.
From I-75 North Take exit 104 (marked Athens/Lexington). Turn left off the ramp onto Athens Boonesboro Road (which turns into Richmond Road, and then Main Street without taking any turns). Follow for 8.2 miles to downtown. Turn left onto Rose Street. The King Library is not situated on a street so you'll need to find parking and review campus maps.
On-Campus Directions The Margaret I. King Library is situated in the middle of campus, bordered by the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library on the North, the Fine Arts Building on the Northeast, Maxwell Place on the East, Chemistry-Physics on the Southeast, and Pence Hall on the Southwest. The Special Collections Research Center is on the north side of King Library, the side facing Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library. See a campus map for more details.
We recommend the South Limestone Garage (PS#5) on the corner of Limestone and Avenue of Champions or the Bill Gatton Student Center Lot located off Avenue of Champions. Metered spaces are also available in various locations across campus. Parking with an ADA permit can also be found at several locations on campus. Visitor parking rates are generally $2 per hour in lots or garages or by 15-min increments at parking meters. Due to campus construction, events, and athletics, parking for personal vehicles can be extremely limited. More information and parking alerts can be found on the University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services website or by calling their office at (859-257-7433).
The University of Kentucky does not own or operate a hotel or other lodging accommodations. Please utilize your favorite travel app to locate accommodations near campus. The Visit Lex website also provides a listing of nearby hotels.