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Due to inclement weather, UK will be operating on Plan B for Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th. Please contact the library location you intend to visit before traveling. Current open/closed information is below.

Confirmed Open: William T. Young Library will open at 10 am and will close at 8 pm on Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th.

Confirmed Closed March 5th & 6th: Agricultural Information Center, Design, Education, Little Fine Arts, Medical Center, Morris, Science, Special Collections Research Center, Shaver Engineering, and Transportation.

Service points in William T. Young Library for Thursday, March 5th and 6th:
AV Services will be closed.
Reference and PNM desks will open at 10 am.
The UK Writing Center is closed, but scheduled clients should check their email for e-tutoring options.

Library Administration and Faculty Governance

This page provides information on the administrative structure of the UK Libraries. More information is available in the official Library Rules document, available on the University’s Senate website.


Dean of Libraries:

The dean is the chief administrative officer of the Libraries and is responsible for establishing policies and procedures attendant to the administrative management of the operations of the college.

Contact information: Dean Terry Birdwhistell,, (859) 218-1939.


Executive Committee:

The Executive Committee (EC) provides strategic leadership and policy oversight. The EC is composed of the following positions:

Other library employees are invited to attend as their expertise is needed. The EC generally meets weekly.


Faculty Council:

The duties of the Faculty Council include organizing all faculty input on the strategic direction and resource allocation of the libraries, setting the agenda for faculty meetings, appointing the standing committees of the faculty except in cases where election is required, establishing ad hoc faculty work groups as needed, gathering faculty input on dean’s performance between periodic reviews, and gathering faculty input on faculty performance review process. The Faculty Council is an elected body.

Current membership is:


Faculty meetings are the primary articulation of faculty governance and address significant issues from both faculty and the Dean. Generally, the faculty meet monthly except during the summer.