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Those patrons not associated with UK must contact their local library's Interlibrary Loan service to acquire material from UK Libraries. Requests should be submitted to the W.T. Young Library Interlibrary Loan Lending Service.

Information about codes, acceptable methods of transmission, lending policies, and fees and billing may be found below.

Street Address/UPS

401 Hilltop Ave,

Lexington, KY 40506

Postal Address/USPS

500 S. Limestone St,

Lexington, KY 40506-0456

Service is suspended during holidays, and there is no shipping of loans between December 15 and January 3.

Contact Us

W.T. Young Library, Interlibrary Loan

(859) 218-1880

Codes & Acceptable Methods of Transmission


  • OCLC Code: KUK
  • NUC Code: KyU

Acceptable Methods of Transmission

  • OCLC: Yes 
  • ALA Form: Yes 
  • Telephone: No 
  • Fax: No 
  • Email: Yes (use ALA form)

Lending Policies by Material Type


  • Lend in-print books: Yes
  • Number of volumes per title loaned: 4
  • Length of loan: 6 weeks
  • Renewals: Kudzu only


  • Lend: No (some exceptions made for older bound journals)


  • Microfilm: Yes, maximum 4 reels at a time per title, resubmit for additional reels 
  • Length of loan: 6 weeks
  • Renewals: Kudzu only

Doctoral Dissertations & Masters Theses 

  • Length of loan: 6 weeks
  • Renewals: Kudzu only
  • Copies available from our library: No
  • PhDs available from UMI at UMI's website
  • Master's theses copies available from our library if author has waived copyright, or if request is accompanied by written permission of author

Technical Reports

  • Lend: Yes

Computer Software

  • Lend: No

Government Documents (US/State/Local/Foreign)

  • Lend: Yes

Audiovisual Materials 

  • Lend in state: Yes
  • Lend out of state: Alliance partners only
  • Length of loan: 4 weeks
  • Renewals: No
  • Late fees: $1.00 per day overdue

Fees & Billing

Base Loan Fees for All Material Types

  • Corporate and for-profit Kentucky libraries: $5.00
  • Academic, Public, not-for-profit out of state: $15.00
  • For-profit out of state libraries: $20.00
  • Non-U.S. libraries: $40.00

Reproduction Fees 

  • Corporate and for-profit Kentucky libraries: $5.00, up to 20 pages
  • Academic, Public, not-for-profit out of state libraries: $15.00, up to 20 pages
  • Corporate, for-profit out of state libraries: $20.00, up to 20 pages
  • Non-U.S. libraries: $15.00 (electronic delivery), $40.00 (mail)  
  • $5.00 each additional 20 pages – all categories

Rush Fees 

  • Corporate and for-profit: $10.00

Groups of Libraries for Which Fees are Waived 

  • KLN
  • SoLine
  • KYVL
  • Kudzu

Billing authorization required: Yes

Requests will not be processed if no charge authorization is provided on non-OCLC forms. Per OCLC guidelines, if MAXCOST is left blank, you will be billed.

Billing Procedures 

  • Prepayment is not required. Do not send checks in advance of invoice, even with confirmed material availability.
  • OCLC IFM preferred
  • Invoice with item: Yes, additional $5 billing surcharge
  • US postage stamps are not accepted as payment
  • IFLA Vouchers are accepted for non-U.S. Libraries only

Packing Requirements

Packing Requirements for Mailing

  • Books: We send Library Rate
  • Photocopies: Odyssey, Article Exchange, or 1st Class
  • Accept Jiffy bag: Yes, unless otherwise indicated