Circulation Policies


Borrowing Library Materials

It is the borrower's responsibility to understand and comply with all University of Kentucky Libraries' policies. As a borrower, you are responsible for all materials charged to your account. Your library card may not be loaned to another person. The card holder is responsible for all costs and consequences of card misuse.

Who may borrow library materials?

  • Any current student, faculty or staff of the University of Kentucky with a valid UK ID
  • Any resident of the state of Kentucky who is at least 18 years of age with a valid KY driver's license or KY non-driver's ID
  • Students/faculty of any Reciprocating Kentucky college/university with a valid school ID with photo
  • Members of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association with a valid Alumni Associate membership card
  • Emeritus Faculty
  • Donovan Scholars
  • Visiting Scholars
  • English as a Second Language students
  • OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program participants with RFBP card and ID from a participating institution.

View the detailed description of loan periods for each Library categorized by the user group. Users not associated with the University are considered part of the "Non-UK" user group highlighted in pink.

How to borrow library materials

Bring items to the Circulation Desk at the owning library along with a valid UK WildCard Student ID or current UK library card. No other form of ID will be accepted.


You may view your library record as well as renew books online by going to My Account from InfoKat Discovery, the Libraries' online catalog and Discovery system. Sign in from the My Account page.  UK students, faculty and staff will sign in using your linkblue credentials.  BCTC, Community, Reciprocal and other non-UK borrowers will use their library barcode as user name and password given to you as your library record was created.  If you do not have a password, stop by any library or call  859-218-1881 or 859-218-1899 to have your password reset.  Tips:  Both Username and password are case sensitive.  Do not leave spaces when typing in your library barcode.  If there is a letter(s) at the end of your barcode, type this in using upper case.   

Once logged in, a screen will appear with 'Active Loans' on your record.  You may click 'Renew All' or click in the boxes of items you wish to renew and click on 'Renew Selected.'  Please pay attention to the due date to ensure the item was renewed.

UK Students, Community and Reciprocal Borrowers may renew items *twice, faculty/staff may renew *four times. If you still have need of an item after the last renewal, bring the book back to the library. We will check the item in and then check it back out to you--as long as the item has not been requested by another patron. 

There are no renewals on course reserves.

Medical Center Library has no renewals on unbound journals. Contact the Medical Center Library for more details.

*Check-out times and Renewals go by the total number of days of the original checkout + renewals allowed.  Non-UK borrowers have 84 days total, UK Undergraduate Students have126 days total UK Graduate Students have 270 days total and UK Faculty/Staff have 600 days total. If the book is still needed past the allotted renewals/days, the book must be brought back to the library to be checked in and if their are no holds, may be checked out again.

How to return library materials

Books may be returned to any campus library, and must be deposited either at the library's Circulation Desk or in a book drop (where available). After hours book drops are available at the following libraries:

There is also a book drop in Patterson Office Tower on the first floor.


HOURS for June 27, 2022