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Community Users

This guide is intended for people who are not UK students, faculty, or staff.

Library Services available to Community Patrons

Non-UK patrons may get a Community Borrower's card at any of the UK libraries if they are 18 years of age and show either a valid Kentucky driver's license, a valid Kentucky non-driver's ID card, an active student or faculty/staff ID from an approved reciprocal college, or a UK alumni card.

Start here for On Campus Research.

Start here for Off Campus Research.

Find more information about borrowing library materials.

Young Library Loan Periods
Books Bound Periodicals Unbound Periodicals Non-Print Reserves Item Limit
Non-UK Borrowers
28 days Library Use Library Use Library Use 2 hrs. 10 items


For other UK Libraries' loan periods, see the Loan Periods & Item Limits page.

Visit any campus library to check out or make reproductions of materials.  Storage facilities are not open to the public, but material may be retrieved through the Express Delivery Service

UK Library Hours and Information

Interlibrary Loan

Materials located in UK Libraries may be requested though your local library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.  Through that service you may request the loan of an item(s) from circulating collections, or copies/scans of journal articles, etc.  UK’s ILL Lending policies may be given to your local library staff for information on borrowing material through this process.

Tip for UK Students

If you are a UK student there are a number of Research Guides created specifically for you and organized by subject. There are also guides tailored for individual courses.