William T. Young Library

Periodicals, Newspapers, and Microform (PNM)

2nd Floor, east wing, Young Library 0456
Emergency Vehicle Response Location: 401 Hilltop

Phone: (859) 218-1323
E-Mail: lehall1@email.uky.edu

Periodicals, Newspapers, and Microform Department

The PNM service desk will be operating by appointment only for the foreseeable future. Please click on the button below to make an appointment for microform use. While same day appointments are possible, 24-hour notice is always appreciated and required for weekends. If you have any questions, e-mail lehall1@email.uky.edu.

Our paper periodical holdings are listed in the Libraries' online discovery system, InfoKat Discovery. Search InfoKat Discovery by periodical title or consult Reference Services ((2nd floor, Young Library, north wing)) for assistance. You can contact us in-person, by phone ((859) 218-2048), or by email (Reference Desk). Electronic journals can be located by journal title in the E-Journals A-Z or discovered via database searches via the View Now at UK buttons that appear in the search results of the databases.

Periodical collections are shelved in many locations on campus. Most collections are shelved on the 3rd floor of Young Library by Library of Congress classification numbers; current year issues can be found in the north wing of the 3rd floor. Some collections are incomplete; for details on our subscriptions, ask at the Reference Services Desk in the north wing of the 2nd floor.

Other locations for some periodical issues:

  • in Young Library, the newest issues are in the Unbound Periodicals collection 3rd floor north wing
  • in Young Library, most older issues are located by call number onthe east, west and south wings of the 3rd floor
  • some issues are at the Periodicals Desk on microfilm or microfiche 2nd floor, East Wing
  • many issues are available electronically -- ask Reference for help
  • some periodical collections are shelved at other campus libraries
  • some periodical collections are shelved in Storage - Library Collections (ask Reference)

Many copy machines are available in Young Library. For information about copying and printing, see Reference or consult this copying information page.

Students, staff and faculty may borrow some periodicals; consult the Circulation Policies for details.


There are many indexes to articles from periodicals. General indexes include Academic Search Complete (available via campus machines and to UK affiliates off-campus via the proxy server). There are indexes specific to topic, genre, etc. Ask Reference for help or consult the Research Guides by Subject. In addition to the citation of the article, an index might provide an abstract or the full-text of the article. To locate the periodical issues containing the articles you have picked, ask for help at the Reference Desk.


We have the world's largest collection of Kentucky newspapers, many major U.S. papers and several foreign papers. We have holdings listed by town, by date, and by title; all of these holdings are listed in books located beside the Young Reference Desk. We have special holdings lists, too -- e.g., African-American newspapers and Civil War newspapers. For holdings help, ask Reference.

The Kentucky Microfilm Holdings Database provides access to the University of Kentucky's holdings of Kentucky microfilm masters, including newspapers as well as other primary sources. This database does not include the entire UK Libraries' regular collection of microfilm ((e.g., it does not include the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier Journal), but it does provide access to the listings of the Kentucky newspapers that have been microfilmed at the University of Kentucky, including historic papers filmed during the Kentucky Newspaper Project and other newspaper backfiles as they become available. Although some titles are no longer published, approximately 175 active newspapers are regularly filmed. The microfilmed newspapers are available for viewing in the Periodicals Dept. and, if you are at another institution, can also be requested through your Interlibrary Loan department. Not all Kentucky newspapers available for viewing are included in this database (e.g., The Lexington Herald-Leader and the Courier Journal). To find other available Kentucky newspapers, search InfoKat, the Libraries' online catalog, or consult the librarians at the Reference Desk (2nd floor, Young Library, north wing).

Most newspapers are shelved at the Periodicals Desk, located in the east wing of the 2nd floor; ask for the newspapers you need  there. Most newspapers are on microfilm, which can be acquired at the Periodicals Desk and read at the readers in front of the desk. (For more information, see How to Find Newspapers.) For many titles, paper copies are available for the current month plus the two previous months. Paper copies of newspapers from every Kentucky town are available on the 2nd floor of the Young Library, in the South wing. Ask Reference (north wing) for help.


If you hope to find articles about an event, you can browse issues published around that time. We do have paper indexes to the complete runs of the New York Times and of The Times (London). For issues published since 1980 or so, there are many different electronic indexes to search: See the Guide for Newspapers. If we do not have the article(s) that you identify, you might be able to get copies of them via the Interlibrary Loan service. Ask Reference for help.


Many of our periodical and newspaper runs are held on microfilm or microfiche. We also have some books in microform. We also have sets of documents, archives and manuscripts in microform. Some examples are: U.S. government documents, the N.A.A.C.P. papers, and Early American Imprints. For many of our sets, we have set guides. Subject-specific campus libraries also have microform holdings. Not all of the microform sets are listed in the catalog. Ask at the Reference Desk for help.

To view materials available in microform, please ask for assistance at the Periodicals Desk. Microform machines are located in the east wing of the 2nd floor of Young Library. Printers and scanners are available. Printing costs 12 cents per page. See additional printing information.


Contact the Reference Desk for assistance in determining newspaper holdings. Contact the Special Collections Library for local and family histories, and for census information. Also try the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, the Research Collections of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Family History Centers. See also this Guide to Genealogy Web Resources.