Message from the Dean
WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LIBRARIES!
Libraries have historically been the foundation of a university education. But today’s UK Libraries offer much more than a collection of over three million books. Scholarly information needed to drive the academic enterprise comes in many formats – print, digital, analog and archival. Our mission is to make access to this body of knowledge as effortless and seamless as possible.
The UK Libraries has become a national leader in creating new digital content and information through the Kentucky Digital Library. More than 300 databases provide you with the most current information and through our web pages we are accessible to you independent of time or place. I encourage you to explore and bookmark this website and visit it often.
The UK Libraries is a coordinated network of 15 individual libraries offering a wealth of informational and scholarly resources. To truly experience how the UK Libraries can meet your information needs, you will want to personally visit one or more of our library locations.
UK Libraries offer space for group or independent study, access to computers and printers, and other traditional library services. In addition, you can peruse unique historical documents and oral histories about some of Kentucky’s most important events and best known leaders. Or you may choose to view first-hand one of the finest collections of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century English literature books in the world today. Or listen to music online at the Little Fine Arts Library.
Even in today’s virtual world, the best gateway to information remains the personal dialog between you and a librarian. Whether you are just beginning your educational journey or continuing your academic pursuits, you will find library faculty and staff essential in navigating the complex world of information.
We are committed to making our collections accessible to citizens throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. Researchers anywhere in the world are encouraged to use the UK Libraries, although a few online services and resources are available only to UK faculty, staff, and students.
We constantly seek to improve the UK Libraries and our website. Tell us what works and offer any suggestions you may have for improvement. We welcome your ideas for improving our support of your teaching, learning, and research at the University of Kentucky.
Terry Birdwhistell, Dean of Libraries
UK Libraries' Dean Terry Birdwhistell's Career Archived in UK History. Read and see more on UKNow.