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We need the help of area musicians to start the first-ever Local Music Archive at Lexington Public Library! 

We are building a permanent collection to capture and preserve the rich and diverse musical influences which inform the history and the present-day culture of Lexington, the Bluegrass Region and Kentucky.  This collection will be housed in the Kentucky Room at Central Library.  Patrons will be able to search the library database for artist entries and access the works via a listening station located in the Kentucky Room.

  • We will accept all time periods, genres and formats.
  • If your music is available only in digital form, we ask that you transfer it to a CD for donation purposes if possible. 
  • Please include any cover art that would represent the title.


Please review the following guidelines for submission:

  • Provide us with as much information as you can about the work you are submitting by completing the online submission form or printed form.  Please complete one form per title submitted.  This information helps us accurately reflect the work in our database and preserve a complete record for historical purposes.
  • Once submitted, the item becomes the property of Lexington Public Library.
  • Submissions are subject to Lexington Public Library’s Collection Development Policy.  Applicable portions appear below:

2.5 System Concept of Collection Development
The Kentucky Room affirms the historical and cultural significance of our community by collecting materials relevant to the history and genealogy of Fayette County and its residents, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and areas of historical importance in the development of the Commonwealth. The department’s goal is to serve as an information center for historians and genealogists, and also provide resources to customers seeking current information about state and local laws and government. The main focus of the Kentucky Room’s collection is on secondary printed sources, but the department also collects, preserves, retains, and provides access to primary materials – photographs, artifacts and other memorabilia - that will have informational value to our customers.

2.7 Gifts, Memorials and Monetary Donations
The Lexington Public Library welcomes the donation of materials to the Library for the use of the public. All such gifts are accepted with the understanding that they may or may not be placed in any location, and that they may be bound, rebound, sold or discarded as their physical condition and usefulness may warrant. Such material may be added to the collection if it meets the Library’s criteria for selection.

Lexington Public Library – Central Library – 1st floor
140 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Pops Resale
1423 Leestown Rd.
Lexington, KY 40511

CD Central
377 S. Limestone St.
Lexington, KY 40508

Or mail to:

Lexington Public Library – Central Library
Attn:  Kathy Phillips
140 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507