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City Directories 1806-Present

Lexington city directories, cross-reference directories, and telephone books are housed in the Kentucky Room and Kentucky Room closed stacks. In addition, 1864-1882 city directories have been microfilmed and can be found in the Kentucky Room also.

City directories before 1906 were published by different companies. R. L. Polk published all directories after that, except for 1923 and 1993. The most current edition of the Lexington City Directory is kept at the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Lexington Public Library.

Some directories have loose pages and are extremely brittle and fragile. The Lexington Public Library does not have a comprehensive collection of City and Telephone directories. We welcome gifts of directories we do not have and duplicates of those in poor condition.

City Directories in the Kentucky Room

  • 1806
  • 1818
  • 1864-1865
  • 1867
  • 1873-74
  • 1875-1876
  • 1877-1878
  • 1881-1882
  • 1883-84
  • 1887
  • 1888
  • 1890
  • 1893
  • 1895
  • 1902
  • 1906-1907
  • 1908
  • 1911
  • 1912-13
  • 1914-15
  • 1916-1917
  • 1919
  • 1923
  • 1925
  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1930
  • 1931-32
  • 1933-34
  • 1935
  • 1937
  • 1939
  • 1940-41
  • 1942
  • 1942-43*
  • 1943-44
  • 1945
  • 1947
  • 1948-49
  • 1950
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1954
  • 1955
  • 1956
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964
  • 1965
  • 1967
  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1970
  • 1971
  • 1972
  • 1973
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1982
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1987
  • 1988-89
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • To Present

* Business and Professional Edition (R. L. Polk did not publish a 1993 Lexington City Directory)

Kentucky Room Closed Stacks

  • 1838-39
  • 1898-99
  • 1902-03
  • 1921

Rural Directories in the Kentucky Room

  • 1912
  • 1940
  • 1942
  • 1943

Cross-Reference Directories in the Kentucky Room

  • 1958-Present

Telephone Books in the Kentucky Room

  • 1931
  • 1933
  • 1939
  • 1940
  • 1947
  • 1952
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1986-87
  • 1987-88
  • 1988-89
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992-93
  • 1994-95
  • 1995-96
  • 1996-97
  • To Present