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Located in the Basement of the Special Collections Research Center, the King Library Press offers lectures, one-day workshops, and apprenticeship opportunities to students and community members interested in fine printing and the book arts.

The Press was founded in 1956 when Carolyn Reading Hammer and several other librarians began spending their lunch hours printing books in the basement of King Library. Since then, the KLP has produced dozens of books, broadsides, keepsakes, and other ephemera on its numerous hand-operated presses. The Press is dedicated to keeping the tradition of fine printing alive in Lexington, and conducts every aspect of the publishing process by hand, from typesetting and printing to decorative paper design and book binding.

The Press is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from morning to early afternoon.

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Paul Evans Holbrook King Library Press Director


Explore Our Catalog

Dive into the books, broadsides, and keepsakes published across the KLP's history.

Resources for the Book Arts

Discover a wide variety of resources for all aspects of fine printing and the book arts.

Support the King Library Press

Help keep the art of fine printing alive at UK by providing apprenticeships and other immersive learning opportunities to students and community members.

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