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Mark Cornelison

Parking

There is a visitor lot located near the University Drive entrance. 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.

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).

Driving Directions to Young Library

From I-75 Northbound

  • Exit #104 onto the Athens-Boonesboro Road (Highway 418)
  • Go toward Lexington (road becomes Richmond Road, then Main Street)
  • Travel until Woodland Avenue (multi-story red brick Woodlands Apartment building on your left)
  • Turn left onto Woodland
  • Travel until Hilltop Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hilltop (this is the only turn-choice possible)
  • Turn right into William T. Young Library visitor's parking lot

From I-64 Eastbound

  • Merge with I-75 Southbound
  • Exit #115 onto the Newtown Pike (Highway 922)
  • Go toward Lexington
  • Travel until Main Street
  • Turn left onto Main Street
  • Travel about 3-4 blocks until Broadway
  • Turn right onto Broadway
  • Travel 2 traffic lights until Maxwell
  • Turn left onto Maxwell
  • Travel 6-7 traffic lights until Woodland Avenue
  • Turn right onto Woodland
  • Travel 3-4 blocks until Hilltop Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hilltop (this is the only turn-choice possible)
  • Turn right into William T. Young Library visitor's parking lot

From I-75 Southbound

  • Exit #115 onto the Newtown Pike (Highway 922)
  • Go toward Lexington
  • Travel until Main Street
  • Turn left onto Main Street
  • Travel about 3-4 blocks until Broadway
  • Turn right onto Broadway
  • Travel 2 traffic lights until Maxwell
  • Turn left onto Maxwell
  • Travel 6-7 traffic lights until Woodland Avenue
  • Turn right onto Woodland
  • Travel 3-4 blocks until Hilltop Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hilltop (this is the only turn-choice possible)
  • Turn right into William T. Young Library visitor's parking lot

I-64 Westbound

  • Exit #81 onto the I-75 Southbound then right away, exit again!
  • Exit #110 onto the Winchester Road (Highway 60)
  • Go toward Lexington
  • Travel approx. 2 mi. to Walton Avenue
  • Turn left onto Walton
  • Travel about 6 blocks to Main Street
  • Turn right onto Main
  • Travel about 3-4 blocks to Woodland Avenue
  • Turn left onto Woodland
  • Travel 3-4 blocks to Hilltop Avenue
  • Turn right onto Hilltop (this is the only turn-choice possible)
  • Turn right into William T. Young Library visitor's parking lot

Inside Young Library

Three dimensional drawing of Young Library with key for floor maps.

Key

Young Library is home to the University of Kentucky's general undergraduate collection, including information resources for the social sciences, humanities, business, biology, and agriculture, food and environment.

In addition to the Dean's Office, centralized student support services; computers; printers; dining; and spaces for study, meetings, and events can be found at Young Library.

Floor map of basement floor of Young Library showing service points.

Basement

The Basement of Young Library provides a relaxed and energetic atmosphere great for group work and socializing.

Equipped with accessible computers, vending machines and cell phone charging stations, students can also get help with a paper at the Robert E. Hemenway Writing Center, learn more about video capturing/editing at the Media Depot, and polish your presentation skills at Presentation U! in the basement of Young Library.

Floor map of First Floor in Young Library.

First Floor

On the First Floor of Young Library, you can get help with research, locating library materials as well as check out and return books, whiteboard markers, and other items at the Service Desk.

Grad a coffee and snack at Starbucks; see about available printing and finishing solutions at the Ricoh Document Center; connect with Libraries administrators in the Dean's Office. 

You can also find meeting rooms, event spaces, and public-access computers on the First Floor.

Floor map of Second Floor in Young Library.

Second Floor

The Second Floor of Young Library makes group studying a breeze. Reserve a study room, work at one of the long tables along the West Wing, take advantage of one of three dedicated reading rooms, or make use of the collaborative whiteboards on the South Wing.

The Scott Greenslade Soviet Military Collection is available on the Second Floor of Young Library.

Floor map of third floor of Young Library showing service points.

Third Floor

The Third Floor of Young Library offers the best of both worlds, with spaces built to accommodate both private and group study. Dedicated Quiet Studies facilitate focused study, while the long tables are available for quiet collaborative work.

Young Library book stacks begin on the North and East Wings of the Third Floor, while bound Periodicals can be found on the North, South, and West Wings.

Get some fresh air by studying outside on one of the Young Library balconies accessible from the Third Floor's West and East Wings from March to November.

Floor map of fourth floor of Young Library showing service points.

Fourth Floor

Known as one of the quieter study areas in Young Library, the Fourth Floor is renowned for its cozy cubbies that overlook the Third Floor, which are perfect for personal or small group study.

The Fourth floor also features group study rooms and several faculty study locations.

Looking for a book for a class? The Fourth floor is also home to the largest portion of the Young Library book stacks.

Floor map of fifth floor of Young Library showing service points.

Fifth Floor

The Fifth Floor is the quietest area of Young Library and is home to group study rooms, quiet and silent study areas, group study tables and the beautiful Charles T. Wethington Jr. Reading Room. Fifth Floor stacks include Young Library's Oversize Collection and a portion of the Government Documents collection.

Graduate students can take advantage of their own, customized study space with the recently opened Thomas D. Clark Graduate Study.

Besides a beautiful view of the library and of campus, the Fifth floor features the Wade Hall Quilt Collection, with 64 quilts displayed, as well as the Young Library Chandelier, which hangs in the center of the Wethington Reading Room. The Chandelier, which was completed in April 2019, is a replica of the original Chandelier installed when the library first opened in 1998.

Infographic showing acceptable noise level by floor in Young Library.

Level Up, Volume Down

Choose a space for your preferred noise level.

The lower levels of Young Library are well suited for conversational or collaborative study, while Floors 3, 4, and 5 provide space for quiet, focused study.