Please note: The Kentucky Room is currently open by appointment only. Customers can make two-hour appointments for access to Kentucky Room collections for genealogy, local history, or Foundation Directory research only. Please call (859) 231-5500, ext. 1008, to make an appointment. Masks are required at all times while in the library.
The Kentucky Room, located on the third floor of the Central Library, contains a wealth of information about Kentucky and Fayette County. The collection features books on all aspects of Kentucky, subject files on Kentucky and Lexington, local newspapers, city directories, maps, and state and local government documents, including select census and vital records.
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Tales from the Kentucky Room
Library Walking Tours
Join us for a walking tour of Downtown Lexington’s historic sites. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you can download...
Join us for a walking tour of Downtown Lexington’s public art. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you can download...
Join us for a walking tour of Downtown Lexington’s African American Heritage Sites. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you...
Join us for a walking tour Lexington's Gratz Park Historic District. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you can download...
America's Obituaries & Death Notices
Obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country.
Ancestry Library Edition
Please note: Ancestry has generously allowed us to make this resource availble to cardholders remotely through December 31, 2021.
Search billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Available only to customers inside Lexington Public Library locations. Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.
Central Kentucky Cemeteries Maps
Created by the Lexington Public Library's Kentucky Room staff and powered by Google Maps. Maps are available for Fayette and several surrounding counties.
Find A Grave
Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and "famous" individuals.
Are you just starting your family tree, or have you run into a brick wall tracing a distant ancestor? Join us to share tips and learn new research strategies. All levels of experience are welcome! The group meets the last Wednesday of every other month at 2 pm. Click here for the current schedule and registration details.
Kentucky News Sources
Content from over 80 Kentucky newspapers and news sources, including the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Full-text articles from April 25, 1983 to present. The Kentucky Room owns copies of earlier editions of the Herald-Leader and its predecessors, the Lexington Herald and the Lexington Leader, on microfilm.
Lexington Herald-Leader Digital Issues
Digital issues from September 6, 2017, to present. Read the Herald-Leader in its original printed format, including pictures.
Local History Index
The selective citations included in the Lexington Public Library’s Local History index appeared in various Lexington newspapers, beginning with the Kentucky Gazette in 1787 through the Lexington Herald-Leader in 2007.