If you want to find books in the Special Collections Library, use the search box at the top of the page, or visit InfoKat Discovery.
You can locate collection guides for our processed collections and find digitized photographs, manuscripts, collections, newspapers, maps, or oral histories, and explore the history of UK through images, yearbooks, and more, at ExploreUK.
To learn more about the newspapers that have been digitized please see the Kentucky Edition.
Visit the Online Appalachian Resources site for digitized collections and finding aids that document Appalachian history, communities, industry, and culture.
Civil War in the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held my members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).
By providing a reference to this list, the SCRC in no way endorses any researchers, or the quality of any researchers' work. The SCRC is not responsible for any arrangement made with independent researchers. Such arrangements, including the character, extent, and cost of the work, are purely private, contractual matters between the independent researcher and you. It also is up to you to determine whether or not the researcher's experience and qualifications meet your needs. Comments or complaints sent to the SCRC regarding any individual independent researcher can not be engaged, as we have no means for resolution or responsibility in any disputes.
(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.