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Located in the Margaret I. King Library, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)  offers unique resources to:

  • Conduct research and study quietly
  • Scan personal research materials & objects
  • Record professional oral history interviews
  • Learn the art of fine printing
  • Teach using primary source materials

After signing in at the front desk, you can find curated exhibits of unique materials in the Lobby, make your way to the Ford Center Classroom and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History on the First Floor, or take the stairs to the Second Floor to find the Breckinridge Research Room, the Breckinridge Digital Studio, and the Great Hall. The King Library Press is located in the Basement. Lettering on the walls will assist you in wayfinding.

Dining tables and chairs outside the entrance provide a chance for a sunny respite or lunch with friends.

Student thumbs through a box of photographs at the Special Collections Research Center.

Breckinridge Research Room

Located on the Second Floor of the SCRC, the Breckinridge Research Room is available to students, faculty, and community members for quiet study or to view SCRC materials.

The Breckinridge Research Room features:

  • Five large tables with seating for 30
  • Ready reference book collection, including county histories, genealogies, and directories
  • Specialized scanning equipment comprising the Breckinridge Digital Studio, along with several computers
  • Rotating displays of books and unique items
  • Excellent natural light and ornate features that make for a distinctive study and research environment

To access the room, users must have a Research Services Account. Learn more about creating an account and planning a visit to the SCRC.

To help preserve the SCRC's delicate materials, please store backpacks, food and drink, and pens in the lockers provided. Laptops, phones, cameras, and pencils and paper are permitted for personal use. For detailed policies on using spaces and resources at the SCRC, visit our Policies page.

Bookshelves, a picture hanging on the wall, and a table with lamps

The Breckinridge Reading Room in the Special Collections Research Center

Louie B. Nunn Center Recording Studio

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the Special Collections Research Center makes recording equipment and interview studio space available to its oral history project partners. The Nunn Center provides:

  • Professional-quality audio recording kits for off-site interviews
  • Use of the interview studio with professional audio and video recording capabilities

The Nunn Center engages individuals and communities by recording their stories and houses a collection of over 17,000 oral history interviews accessible through SPOKEdb. Submit a project proposal, or contact Nunn Center director Doug Boyd at doug.boyd@uky.edu to explore oral history partnership opportunities.   

Woman in white sweater sits for a recorded interview in the Louie B. Nunn Center Recording Studio.

Nunn Center partners can access a fully-equipped recording studio for oral history projects & interviews. 

Breckinridge Digital Studio

The Breckinridge Digital Studio, located in the Breckinridge Research Room on the Second Floor of the Special Collections Research Center, is a self-serve digitization studio available to all registered students, faculty, staff, and community members wishing to scan their personal research materials.

Specialized equipment includes:

  • Bookeye 4 Planetary Color Scanner for books and photographs
  • Plustek OpticFilm 8200i SE Film Scanner for film and slides
  • FotodioX LED Studio-in-a-Box Tabletop Studio for small objects

Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage users to supply their own storage devices, though 8 GB thumb drives may be borrowed from the research desk in the Breckinridge Research Room.

For detailed equipment specifications, visit our FAQs page.

A woman uses slide scanner in the Breckinridge Digital Studio.

Find specialized scanners at the Breckinridge Digital Studio

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King Library Press

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 book arts. 

Training is required to operate the equipment, which includes:

  • A 1927 wooden common press designed by Victor Hammer in Florence, Italy
  • Four cast iron Washington hand presses
  • Several Chandler & Price flywheel-driven presses
  • Modern Vandercook Universal I and Vandercook SP15 presses

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

View of old printing presses in the King Library Press

Learn the art of fine printing at the King Library Press.

Ford Center Classroom

Located on the First Floor of the Special Collections Research Center, the Ford Center Classroom is available for small class sessions or lectures involving archival and primary source materials. 

Features of the Ford Center Classroom include:

  • Modular tables with seating for up to 28 students
  • Large screen with HDMI computer connection
  • Five computer stations

Find more information about how our librarians and archivists can help you integrate SCRC materials into your courses on our Teaching with Primary Sources page. 

Ford Center Classroom

Primary source instruction sessions are often held in the Ford Center Classroom.

Great Hall

Located on the Second Floor of the Special Collections Research Center, the Great Hall is available for SCRC events and exhibits, or as classroom space for Teaching with Primary Sources.

This multipurpose room features: 

  • 16 modular tables available in various configurations, with seating for 48
  • Projector and screen
  • Media cart with TV monitor, VHS player, and multi-region DVD deck
Librarian teaching a class in the Great Hall at the Special Collections Research Center.

Visit the Great Hall for classes, events, and exhibits at the Special Collections Research Center.