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Central Library

Central Library Picture
Location Hours: 
Sun 1 pm - 5 pm
Mon-Thu 9 am - 9 pm
Fri 9 am - 6 pm
Sat 9 am - 5 pm
Location Address: 
140 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
United States
Phone Number: 
859-231-5500 (General)
859-231-5504 (Conference Rooms)
859-231-5505 (Friends Book Cellar)
859-231-5523 (Kentucky Room)
859-231-5500 (Telephone Reference)
Location Map: 

Transportation
Served by all LexTran routes via Transit Center on Vine Street.

Parking

Two hours of free parking in Lexington Public Library Parking Garage with ticket validated inside Central Library;

Meeting Room Information

Special Features

Upcoming Events, Classes, & Storytimes

Storytimes

Super Saturday Storytimes

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Central Library - Story Room
Saturday, Apr 19th, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
The Young and the Restless

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-realted craft or activity is included.

Central Library - Story Room
Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Super Saturday Storytimes

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Central Library - Story Room
Saturday, Apr 26th, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
The Young and the Restless

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-realted craft or activity is included.

Central Library - Story Room
Wednesday, Apr 30th, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Super Saturday Storytimes

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Central Library - Story Room
Saturday, May 3rd, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
The Young and the Restless

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-realted craft or activity is included.

Central Library - Story Room
Wednesday, May 7th, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Super Saturday Storytimes

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Central Library - Story Room
Saturday, May 10th, 11:00AM - 11:30AM
The Young and the Restless

A storytime for toddlers! Clapping, singing, and enjoying good stories and books! A simple story-realted craft or activity is included.

Central Library - Story Room
Wednesday, May 14th, 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Super Saturday Storytimes

Even if it's gloomy outside, stop by the library for some Saturday morning fun! Stories, songs and crafts! Start your weekend right!

Central Library - Story Room
Saturday, May 17th, 11:00AM - 11:30AM

Holidays & Library Closures

Library Closed: Easter

Library closed

Central Library
Sunday, Apr 20th (All day)
Library Closed: Staff Training

All Library locations closed for staff training.

Central Library
Friday, May 16th (All day)

Job Search & Resume Writing

Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Monday, Apr 21st, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Thursday, Apr 24th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Monday, Apr 28th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Thursday, May 1st, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Monday, May 5th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Thursday, May 8th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Monday, May 12th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Job Lab @ Central Library

Open lab time to work on job search skills, resume or cover letter writing skills, and job applications with computer teachers present to answer questions....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Thursday, May 15th, 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Movies

Ready Player One Film Fest - WARGAMES (1983)

A small sampling of James Halliday-approved 70's and 80's movies featured heavily in this year's One Book One Bluegrass book - Ready Player One by Ernest...

Central Library - Farish Theater
Monday, Apr 21st, 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Good Foods Film Series

Film screening followed by speaker/discussion.

Central Library - Farish Theater
Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 6:30PM - 9:00PM
Ready Player One Film Fest - MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975)

A small sampling of James Halliday-approved 70's and 80's movies featured heavily in this year's One Book One Bluegrass book - Ready Player One by Ernest...

Central Library - Farish Theater
Monday, Apr 28th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Adult Education

Water Your Family Tree: Collect Oral Histories

Learn how to conduct and save oral histories for your family research. In the 4th floor Computer Lab at Central Library, 3PM to 5PM, Tuesday, April 22.

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Tuesday, Apr 8th
Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Water Your Family Tree: Berea Connections

Open African American treasure as Berea's registers & photo archives dating from the 1860's aid searches for early educated Blacks in Kentucky & the...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Tuesday, Apr 22nd
Tuesday, May 6th, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Water Your Family Tree: Preserving Cemeteries

Headstones & cemeteries are fragile resources for genealogists. Join us as Kary Stackelbeck with the Kentucky Heritage Council presents: Preserving Our...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Tuesday, Apr 15th
Tuesday, Apr 29th, 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Foreign Languages & ESL

Spanish for Beginners

A free 7 week Spanish course that focuses on practical application. The class starts with the alphabet and builds up to basic conversation pieces.

Central Library - Room A
Registration begins Saturday, Feb 1st
Thursday, Apr 24th, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Spanish for Beginners

A free 7 week Spanish course that focuses on practical application. The class starts with the alphabet and builds up to basic conversation pieces.

Central Library - Room A
Registration begins Saturday, Feb 1st
Thursday, May 8th, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Spanish for Beginners

A free 7 week Spanish course that focuses on practical application. The class starts with the alphabet and builds up to basic conversation pieces.

Central Library - Room A
Registration begins Saturday, Feb 1st
Thursday, May 15th, 5:30PM - 7:00PM
English Conversation Group

An intermediate to advanced level English class that focuses on developing fluency through small group activities and discussion.

Central Library - Room C
Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 12:30PM - 2:00PM

Games

Dungeons and Dragons Live - LARPing at the Library

Live D&D performance lead by local Dungeon Master and sci-fi author Christopher Rowe. Part of the One Book One Bluegrass festival, as inspired by Ready...

Central Library - Farish Theater
Sunday, Apr 27th, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Attack of the Lexitron!

The Lexitron is Lexington’s premier locally-crafted arcade cabinet! Built with love by local game development group Run Jump Dev, the Lexitron features six...

Central Library
Monday, Apr 21st (All day)

Friends Book Sales

Friends Book Cellar 20% Off Sale

The Friends Book Cellar is open from 1:00-5:00 PM on the first Sunday of each month for a 20% off sale. The Friends Book Cellar is located in the Lower...

Central Library
Sunday, May 4th, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Friends of the Library present: Visit Cathedrals of Southern England via QM2

Luncheon lecture with speaker Charles Coulston. Central Library, Conference Room A. Bring your lunch and be entertained!

Central Library
Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Music

Jazz: Live at the Library!

Free jazz performances every second Thursday of the month at the Farish Theater. Sponsored by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Jamey Aebersold Jazz.

Central Library - Farish Theater
Thursday, May 8th, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
International Jazz Day Celebration

International Day of Jazz

Central Library - Farish Theater
Wednesday, Apr 30th, 9:00AM - 9:00PM

Arts & Crafts & Activities

Derby Hats!

Ready for the big event? You're not ready to run for the roses till you've made your hat! Drop by to create your own masterpiece!

Central Library
Saturday, May 3rd, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Handprints for Mother's Day!

Make a handprint picture for your mom! Please wear clothes that can get messy.

Central Library
Saturday, May 10th, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Performances & Plays

Kentucky Voices performance sponsored by OLLI at UK

OLLI theater course performance. This course combines students' love of history with research, character creation, and performance.

Central Library - Farish Theater
Saturday, May 17th, 12:00PM - 4:00PM
"Anjali - An Offering" presented by Shree School of Dance

Dance program

Central Library - Farish Theater
Sunday, May 18th, 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Sayre Spring Concert

Sayre high school spring concert featuring performances by Sayre School students. Free and open to the public.

Central Library - Farish Theater
Thursday, Apr 24th, 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Exhibit

Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop

Central Library - Gallery
Friday, Apr 18th, 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Computer Class

Explore PC basics

This workshop is designed for an audience that is new to computing. In addition to getting an introduction to the Windows 8 PC, learners will discover how...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 16th
Wednesday, Apr 30th, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
Learn to use the mouse and keyboard

Learners will experience a tutorial that teaches all the basic mouse movements, along with a brief introduction to ergonomics and touch typing. No computer...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 23rd
Wednesday, May 7th, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Internet Basics

Students will learn about browser options and tools, how to search and navigate the web, and basic troubleshooting for connection problems. Prerequisite:...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 16th
Wednesday, Apr 30th, 2:45PM - 3:45PM
Computer Security

Learn about the kind of threats you may encounter online, software that can help protect your computer, and steps you can take to keep both you and your...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 23rd
Wednesday, May 7th, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Additional features of MS Word 2013

Learners will experience more advanced word processing tasks including lists, headers, and cut/copy/paste functions. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 9th
Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Introduction to MS Word 2013

Learners will discover the basics of word processing, including creating, formatting, and printing a simple document. Prerequisite: Learn to Navigate...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Monday, Apr 21st
Monday, May 5th, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Online Storage: Access your files from anywhere

This workshop introduces the cloud connectivity of Windows 8 and highlights Microsoft SkyDrive as well as introducing students to other free storage...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 23rd
Wednesday, May 7th, 7:45PM - 8:45PM
Web Design

Discover how to plan, create and host a website. The class exercise uses Weebly.com’s free hosting service to get students started. Prerequisite: Internet...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Friday, Apr 4th
Friday, Apr 18th, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Movies, Magazines, and More: Digital content at your library

Learners will discover how to use OverDrive, Zinio, OneClick Digital, and Freegal to check out e-magazines, stream movies, download free music and more....

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Saturday, Apr 5th
Saturday, Apr 19th, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Introduction to Photoshop

Fix "Red-eye" and remove blemishes from portraits. Learn how to combine several images into a single photo and move parts of one photo to another and add...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Monday, Apr 7th
Monday, Apr 21st, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Introduction to Excel 2013

This class introduces the basic functions and uses of a spreadsheet program. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience using...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 9th
Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Additional features of Excel 2013

Learn about pivot tables, linked cells, filtering and advanced formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel 2013 or previous experience with Excel.

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Monday, Apr 14th
Monday, Apr 28th, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Advanced Features of MS Word 2013

Learners will get experience using tables, running a mail merge, customizing Word settings and more. Prerequisite: Additional Features of Word.

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 16th
Wednesday, Apr 30th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Introduction to PowerPoint 2013

Learners will explore the basic functions and uses of a presentation program and create a simple slideshow presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Saturday, Apr 19th
Saturday, May 3rd, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Advanced Features of MS Word 2013

Learners will get experience using tables, running a mail merge, customizing Word settings and more. Prerequisite: Additional Features of Word.

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Monday, Apr 28th
Monday, May 12th, 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Introduction to Excel 2013

This class introduces the basic functions and uses of a spreadsheet program. Prerequisite: Introduction to MS Word 2013 or previous experience using...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 30th
Wednesday, May 14th, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Additional features of Excel 2013

Learn about pivot tables, linked cells, filtering and advanced formulas. Prerequisite: Introduction to Excel 2013 or previous experience with Excel.

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Wednesday, Apr 30th
Wednesday, May 14th, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Introduction to Photoshop

Fix "Red-eye" and remove blemishes from portraits. Learn how to combine several images into a single photo and move parts of one photo to another and add...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Saturday, May 3rd
Saturday, May 17th, 9:30AM - 9:50AM

Genealogy & History

Using Ancestry.com to Research Your Family History

This is an introduction to the current version of Ancestry's Library Edition. By the end of the class, students will be able to conduct searches for Census...

Central Library - Computer Lab
Registration begins Thursday, Apr 17th
Thursday, May 1st, 9:30AM - 11:00AM
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