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Reference Services

Whether you are trying to find information on a particular business for an interview, researching grant opportunities for your child’s school, or trying to locate information for a research paper, the staff of the Reference Department is trained to answer your questions and help you in finding the right resource.

The Reference Department includes:

Online Reference Services

The Reference Collection

The reference collection offers a broad range of general information sources:

  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Directories
  • Atlases
  • Concordances
  • Indexes

Areas of special interest include:

The Business Collection

The Business Collection offers sources for a variety of business needs, including:

  • Company Information
  • Employment
  • Investments
  • Banking
  • International Trade
  • Small Business Assistance

The Business File emphasizes local businesses. This frequently updated resource contains newspaper clippings, annual reports, and information supplied by the companies. In addition to local interest materials, the file contains national corporate rankings and business statistics.

Telephone Reference

Telephone reference responds to brief, factual, informational questions that do not require extensive research and reading or interpretation on the part of the staff member. For more complicated requests, the staff will suggest research strategies. Telephone reference can be reached at (859) 231-5520.

Articles and Magazines

The articles and magazines department of the Lexington Central Public Library contains:

  • Approximately 1,100 titles in paper and microform formats
  • 62 Newspaper titles, 25 from Kentucky cities
  • 6 Database workstations

Library customers may access periodical articles, reference materials, news and more through the library’s collection of online databases containing references and full-text articles from thousands of magazines, newspapers and other reference sources. The Library provides access to databases covering general interest topics, health, business, literature and history. Included in the Online Reference Room is the Kentucky Virtual Library collection of databases.

A number of print indexes, including the Reader’s Guide to Periodicals Literature, are also available for additional access to articles.

A print station is available for printing from the database machines, and copies are 20 cents per page. For other periodical copying needs, photocopiers and microform reader-printers also are available.