Safe & Smart RESTART


Service Updates

Last update: Jan 25, 2021

Ask for Help

  • Librarians are available online to answer your questions seven days a week through UK Libraries' chat service ("Ask Us"): 
    • Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    • Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Saturday - Sunday: noon - 5:00 pm
  • See our Ask Us page for additional help options.

Building Access

  • Hours of operation and seating capacity at library locations have been reduced to facilitate proper cleaning and physical distancing. View our Hours at a Glance here
  • Group study and meeting rooms are unavailable at this time. 
  • Visitors are asked to remain at a minimum distance of six feet from others while in the library.
  • CDC-approved face masks or coverings are required upon entry to the library and must be worn at all times while inside.
  • Commonly shared items such as public computers, dry erase markers and erasers, cables and similar materials are not available in public areas or for check out. 
  • For location-specific service updates, follow the links below: 
  • UK Libraries is committed to doing our part to help keep our community safe and healthy. Visit Health & Safety for more information on CDC, Kentucky and University guidelines and recommendations.


  • Print items are available for check out in-person or through Grab-and-Go, UK Libraries' low contact service option.   
  • For questions and concerns about fines, email
  • When returning print items, UK Libraries encourages you to use the designated book return outside your nearest UK Libraries location. 

Course Reserves

  • To better ensure the health and safety of our campus community, physical reserves will be not be offered. UK Libraries encourages instructors to take advantage of our e-reserves as a more efficient alternative.
  • Instructors wishing to put electronic items on reserve should contact Mary Pattengill ( The library will work with instructors to provide access to material - this includes electronic books when possible, scanned book chapters or excerpts (10% or less of copyrighted book is the Fair Use standard), electronic journal articles found in UK Libraries databases, course syllabi, lecture notes, etc.

Instructional Support

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

Lactation Room

  • UK Libraries welcomes nursing moms! The William T. Young Library Lactation Room has relocated to room B-82 and is now outfitted with additional supplies for nursing moms, including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  • The Lactation Room is cleaned daily. Please help UK Libraries maintain the health and safety of all visitors by observing the following precautions:
    • Please do not use the room if you suspect that you are sick or have been in contact with anyone with suspected/confirmed COVID-19. 
    • Do not share the room with others, except for your babies and children. 
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after pumping and use hand sanitizer. 
    • Wipe surfaces before and after using the room.  
  • Visit the Young Library Lactation Room page for more information.

Media Library (A/V Services)

  • Items from A/V Services are available for check out at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of Young Library.
  • Click here to learn more about streaming media online through UK Libraries.

  • Periodicals, Newspapers and Microform Desk services are available online and by appointment.
    • Appointments may be scheduled to access microforms in Young Library. Click here to schedule an appointment. 
    • Emai for questions and assistance
  • Patrons are also encouraged to explore UK Libraries' online newspaper resources.


  • The Reference Desk is here to serve you online seven days a week.
    • Virtual assistance is available through UK Libraries' chat service ("Ask Us"). See Ask for Help to view the chat service's hours. 
    • Email for additional questions and assistance.
  • To speak with a medical librarian, email
    • Request a literature search by completing this online form
    • For further assistance, please leave a voicemail at (859) 323-5300, and a member of MCL Circulation will follow up with you shortly.


HOURS for March 1, 2021