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Our Digital Archives

The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives are intended to give open access to researchers and students to learn more about Fayette County and our rich history. This is not an exhaustive collection, though new material is continually being scanned and added. It is a very small fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library.

A keyword search is available below, and it is possible to browse the collections by subject, area, or decade. The Lexington Public Library actively reviews and labels materials in our archives with statements that indicate how you may reuse the images, and what sort of permission, if any, you need to do so. Please check the information for each image to determine its legal status. 

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Community Collections
The Community Collections consist of objects shared from local community residents and organizations.
Fayette County Directories
The library has a selection of residential and street directories, yearbooks, school and club directories.
Fayette County History
This collection contains documents about the people, places, and history of Fayette County.
Kentucky History
This collection contains documents about people, places, and history in Kentucky not specifically related to Fayette County.
Kentucky Images
This collection contains postcards, photographs and slides of people, architecture, and locations in Kentucky and Appalachia.