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Last update: February 24, 2021

UpdateHours Extended for Young Library Beginning March 1

Effective March 1, the William T. Young Library Hours of Operation will be extended: Mon-Thurs: 8:00 am - midnight; Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sat-Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Visit Hours at a Glance for a full list of UK Libraries' current hours of operation.

Protect. Respect. Do your part.

UK Libraries is happy to welcome students and faculty back to campus for Spring 2021, and we are committed to doing our part to help keep our community safe and healthy. Procedures regarding public access to library facilities have been guided by the University of Kentucky's restart plans outlined for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Four Main Library Service Changes

Facility Hours & Operations

Library hours and seating capacity are reduced to facilitate a more rigorous cleaning protocol and provide space for proper physical distancing. Onsite service in each building has been condensed to a single point fashioned with a Plexiglass shield.

Group study and meeting rooms are unavailable at this time. Commonly shared items such as public computers, dry erase markers and erasers, cables and similar materials are not available in public areas or for checkout.

In accordance with UK's campus-wide policy, patrons are required to wear CDC-approved face masks or coverings in public library spaces and remain at a minimum of six feet from others. Even when seated at a designated study area, patrons must continue wearing a face covering. Disposable masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes are available at each location. 

Additional information about visiting your favorite UK Libraries' library is available on our Service Updates page.

Online Services & Resources

UK Libraries encourages you to continue taking advantage of our no or low contact services and resources. Librarians are online to answer questions seven days a week through UK Libraries' chat service ("Ask Us"). Online appointments and instruction sessions with UK Libraries' academic liaisons may also be scheduled.

Visit our Electronic Resources page to explore a variety of UK Libraries' online materials. We are also offering Grab-and-Go pickup of print materials as a low contact alternative for in-person browsing and borrowing.

Looking to return print items? Please use the designated book return outside your nearest UK Libraries location. Print materials are quarantined for 72 hours between handling. 

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to create shared spaces and resources that respect the health and well-being of library patrons and personnel.


HOURS for March 1, 2021