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UK Libraries is the central meeting ground and primary intellectual resource of the University of Kentucky and the repository for the history and culture of the Commonwealth. It is where all thinkers, at all levels and across all disciplines and affiliations, find the information resources and services they need for research, teaching, and learning. 

We are committed to serving our users and providing students, faculty, scholars, and our wider community with the very best resources, services, spaces, collections, and staff that we can. It is through the generosity of donors like you that UK Libraries is able to differentiate itself and offer a world-class experience to its users. A gift to UK Libraries supports the entire university community: it helps us improve our services, enhance our collections, provide opportunities to students in need, promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, advance research and scholarship, and further the university’s mission, values, and intellectual vitality. 

Help us strengthen our commitment to excellence. What we can do is up to you: we are here to help make your visions for UK Libraries a reality.

View of Young Library from Rose Street.


Meet Our Donors

Our donors allow UK Libraries to redefine what is possible. Thanks to LuAnnette and John Butler, we are able to provide our Education Library users with unique resources that spark creativity and jump-start professional success.

Through a generous gift, the Butlers established the Butler Education Studio, a one-of-a-kind hub of creativity and collaboration that stands as the cornerstone of the Education Library. Providing free access to craft materials and equipment, the Butler Education Studio facilitates the design of active learning concepts for all of the College of Education’s student teachers and practitioners.

The Butlers’ gift will not only benefit future teachers, but all of their students for years to come. Learn more about our donors, and imagine how you can make your mark at UK Libraries.

John and LuAnnette Butler

John and LuAnnette Butler, very special supporters of UK Libraries.

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Choose Your Impact

How do you want to make a difference?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Accessibility

Be a part of UK Libraries’ unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Your gifts generate opportunities for initiatives, services, resources, and collections that support our core guiding principle, enabling us to go above and beyond as we work to do our part in creating a just and inclusive library system, university, and world.

Spaces & Technology

Help us improve the spaces and technology available to faculty, students, and staff, and support projects across UK Libraries by giving to the Library Enrichment Fund. Your gifts have helped renovate parts of William T. Young Library and the Medical Center Library, and provide collaborative learning spaces and technological upgrades to our users.

Immersive Learning & Enrichment

Support library programs, immersive learning opportunities, and help fund fellowships and internships.

  • The Honorable Earle C. Clements Memorial Endowment Fund supports lectures on civics and public policy, and provides for graduate fellowships and undergraduate internships.
  • The King Library Press Fund helps keep the art of fine printing alive at UK, providing apprenticeships and other immersive learning opportunities to students and community members.
  • The Learning Lab transforms undergraduate research through a hands on, real-world professional internship in our Special Collections Research Center.

Student Need

Help make a university education more accessible for all Kentuckians by giving to the Alternative Textbook Fund. Since its inception in 2016, the program has leveraged $100,000 in grants into $1.5 million in student savings, impacting over 12,000 students.


Your gifts help us build world-class collections.

  • With over 17,000 oral histories in its collections, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History is recognized for its work in collecting and preserving oral histories. Help the Nunn Center continue its work of archiving, transcribing, and providing access to the stories of Kentuckians from all walks of life by giving to the Oral History Project Fund.
  • The Sandra McAninch Endowment Fund in Government Information enables UK Libraries to purchase, catalog, preserve, and provide access to government information resources and publications.
  • UK Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center preserves the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. By giving to the Special Collections Development Fund, you support the hard work of students who help us archive and digitize our materials, guaranteeing the maintenance and accessibility of historical documents for decades to come.
  • Help provide the research materials necessary to support our caregivers in UK Healthcare, our students in our STEM departments, and our professional faculty in all of our related colleges by giving to the Science, Technology, and Medicine Endowment Fund.
  • Find out more about donating books and historical materials to UK Libraries.


Gifts to the Faculty Library Endowment Fund help us honor library faculty members who have impacted students and faculty through years of service to UK Libraries.

How to Give

  • Make your gift online by visiting our secure online platform and choosing a fund you would like to support. You can make a one-time or repeating gift using your credit card.
  • You can also send a check, payable to UK Libraries, to the following address: William T. Young Library, 500 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40506-0456

Annual Giving

Through the generosity and sustained support of annual donors, UK Libraries is able to flexibly respond to emerging priorities and the ever-changing needs of our students as they arise. To become an annual donor, visit our secure online platform and make a recurring donation to the Library Enrichment Fund.

Make Your Mark

Your support is what sets UK Libraries apart. Help us chart our path into the future and make an impact on an entire community of learners. Every gift makes a difference.

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