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Young Library Orientation Tour


Atrium: Stand here and look around to orient yourself to the building. It is divided into wings (North, South, East and West) and cores (on most floors, Cores 1-4, but on the 1st floor Core 2 is in the staff area and is not visible to the public). The tapestry of Mr. Young at Overbrook Farm is in the East Wing, near Core 3.

General layout of floors and service centers: The Hub, Student Computing Services Lab, Tech Help @ the Hub, Audio Visual Services, the Writing Center and the Media Depot (basement); Circulation (1st floor); Reference & Periodicals Desks (2nd floor); periodicals (3rd floors); books ( 4th and 5th floors); government documents (5th floor); Thomas D. Clark Study Room (5th floor).

Ovid’s Café and Starbuck’s: Ovid’s and Starbuck’s can only be reached from the outside of the library. Go out the University Drive exit of the building and turn to the left. The entrance is on the East side of the library.

Circulation Desk:

Use your WildCard ID to check out library materials.

Ask for Reserve items. (These are required class materials placed on hold by instructors for students enrolled in their classes. Fines for returning these items late are much higher than regular materials.)

Check out group study rooms. (BCTC IDs are also accepted.)

Acquire handouts with details on services and policies at the desk.

Photocopiers: Copiers in Core 3 on the 1st floor accept coins (15 cents per page) and Wildcards (12 cents per page). All other photocopiers and ALL printers require the WildCard or Dart (CSVT) cards.

Printing: Printing costs 12 cents per page. You can add money to your WildCard (but not to DART cards) online through your Plus Account. There is a $5 transaction fee on each deposit made using Visa or MasterCard. You can also add money to your WildCard by using the DART (CSVT) machines located in Core 3  in the basement and on the first and second floors. Dart (CSVT) machines do not accept coins. Change machine located in basement, core 2 (vending machine area). Copying elsewhere in building - use WildCard or DART (CSVT) cards.

Cell phone charging stations and filtered bottled water stationsin Core 4 in the basement and on the first and second floors.


REFERENCE DESK and READY REFERENCE (North Wing) Service desk for HELP!

Ready Reference at the desk - for heavily-used material, including directories, dictionaries, almanacs, statistics and government publications.

Workstations all have:

  • Libraries' website for library Info., including research guides
  • Libraries' catalog (InfoKat) to find out what UK Libraries own
  • Journal article databases, many full-text
  • Internet access/Internet Explorer - for searching for a subject/name/site
  • Microsoft Office applications
  • Printers at each end of the room. Use student ID or Dart (CSVT) card to print (12 cents per page).

Rotunda - Scott/Greenslade Collections of Russian and military history Reference collection, West wing - for both general and subject encyclopedias and all other reference materials, including the government publications reference collection.

PERIODICALS (East Wing) Ask at desk for:

  • All paper and filmed newspapers (except those for Kentucky counties - recent issues - see South wing).
  • microfilm or microfiche, including government publications on fiche.

Workstations have:

  • Access to internet, library catalog, databases and other electronic resources, and Microsoft Office. Printing same as in Reference area.
  • Film and fiche readers/printers & help with these (selected workstations).


  • Reading room for recent issues of all of Kentucky's current newspapers. These are shelved in the outer reading room, beyond the microfilm area.
  • Study spaces with white boards and enclosed study rooms.


East, west and south wings: Periodicals (bound) are shelved on this floor, by LC call number.
North wing: Unbound periodicals, in Library of Congress (LC) call number order. Most recent issues.

On these top 3 floors are also:

      • Student, staff and faculty lockers
      • Group study rooms / Meeting rooms
      • Quiet Study areas - most 3rd and 5th floor outer reading rooms.


Books are shelved on this floor by LC call number.


Books are shelved on this floor, including government publications and dissertations and theses.

  • Try out compact shelving
  • Thomas D. Clark Study Room (Quiet Study), West wing
  • Rotunda for UK dissertations & theses (older) and North wing (current)
  • See quilts from the collection of Wade Hall.


  • The Hub, computing, study and reference area.
  • Student Computing Services Computer Lab has IBM and Macintosh computers available for all UK students. Software, e-mail, etc.
  • Media Library and laptop checkout in Audio Visual Services (South wing).
  • Media Depot (east wing)
  • Writing Center (B-108B, west wing)
  • Must have link blue account to use all computers in the Hub. May set up account in Student Computing Services Lab.

* Graduate Students and Faculty: Circulation: Grads - 90 days, 75 items; Faculty - 90 days, 100 items; special borrowers - 28 days, 10 items.

Interlibrary Loan office is in core 1, 1st floor; pick up materials at Circulation Desk. Copying: departmental DART (copy) cards may be used.

Bound Periodicals: Faculty and students may check out.