Kentucky Virtual Library

All Kentuckians can continue research from home at any time for free, despite their favorite library’s hours of operation.

A partnership between the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) will provide all state residents with free access to the Kentucky Virtual Library during the upcoming school year at no cost libraries.

“All Kentuckians, regardless of their ZIP code, have the right to world class education,” said Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman. “Equal access to the Kentucky Virtual Library is a big step in that direction.”

The virtual library — administered by CPE — is a consortium of nearly 300 libraries and institutions across the state, including colleges and universities, public libraries, K-12 schools and hospitals, among others. In years past, the program has relied on financial support from KDLA, as well as cost-sharing member fees from participating libraries. However, KDLA has agreed to pay membership fees for all of Kentucky’s local public libraries over the coming year.

“Public libraries are vital in meeting the information needs of Kentuckians,” State Librarian and KDLA Commissioner Terry Manuel said. “With recent school and library closures, libraries’ ability to offer online resources to their communities has been more important than ever before. With the budget challenges many public libraries will face in the upcoming year, KDLA wants to ensure uninterrupted access to these resources throughout the Commonwealth.”

The virtual library offers over 60 research databases and resources for users of all levels. This year, KDLA support allowed it to offer Ancestry Library Edition throughout Kentucky, and KDLA will continue to support access to Ancestry in the year ahead. A full list of databases can be found online at https://kyvl.org/az.php.

Anyone in Kentucky can utilize the Kentucky Virtual Library. Lyon County residents can call the local public library at 270-388-7720 to gain access to the databases.