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You can request a "Bag of Books" to access our materials when you're unable to browse in person.  Complete the form below, and we'll pull up to 10 items that match your specified interests.  You can help us locate more items by keeping your requests general.  Some examples of requests we can accommodate include:

  • Cozy mysteries
  • Vegan cookbooks
  • Picture books about space
  • Books on CD by James Patterson
  • British TV series on DVD

Please note:  While we will do our best, we may not be able to locate 10 items that match your request.

 

To use this service, you'll need a library card.  Find out more here.

Need to request specific titles instead?  Log into your account.

Library staff will contact you if they have questions about your request.

Requests are typically filled within 2-3 business days.  You'll receive notification when materials are ready to pick up at the location of your choice.  Need to change your notification method?  Log into your account or give us a call at 859-231-5500.

Once ready, we'll hold your items for 7 days.

Questions?  We're here to help!  Ask us.

 


 

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Thanks for submitting your library card application.  You'll receive a status update soon at the e-mail address you provided.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

We are working to raise $5 million to build the library our community deserves — and we are over 80% of the way there! We need you to help us cross the finish line. Every contribution, no matter the size, will make a lasting positive impact on our community.  

 Your donation will support the spaces and programs the new library will bring to the community. Gifts are tax deductible and can be made over a five-year pledge period.  

Thank you for investing in your public library. We can’t wait to welcome you to our grand opening on March 9, 2024!

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!

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The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives provide open access to researchers and students to learn more about the rich history of Lexington and Fayette County. It contains a fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library. New material is being digitized and added constantly, so there's always something new to find.

The archives have a simple keyword search, 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.

Whether you're just starting out, changing careers, or returning to the workforce, finding a job can be tough.  We can help you land the right position and answer your questions along the way.

Starting your own business or nonprofit is hard work, but we can help you locate the tools you need to get your ideas off the ground.

When you log into many of our services, you'll be asked to provide a PIN (Personal Identification Number) in addition to your library card number.  Your default PIN is typically the last 4 digits of the phone number on file for your account.

Thank you for thinking of the Friends Book Cellar for donating your: books, CDs, DVDs, and current year magazines.

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How can we help you?  We've gathered a variety of resources for readers, students and educators, job seekers. entrepreneurs and nonprofits, and English language learners.

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Have a question?  Ask us!  You can contact us via email, phone, chat, or text.  Book a librarian for one-on-one help.  Suggest a purchase to help us improve our collection.

Thanks for your interest in joining the Lexington Public Library!  Your library card is the key to checking out books, downloading audiobooks, taking online classes, and much more.  Please check here to find out if you qualify for a library card and how to apply.

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Expectations of Service:

  • The librarian can only assist with one topic per session.
  • A librarian will contact you within 1-2 business days.
  • Session will be scheduled within 7 days days of contact.

The Book a Librarian service allows you to reserve a free, 30- to 45-minute session with a librarian.

Contact us here for quick questions, including general questions about the Library and Library services.

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Wonderful podcasts and walking tours have been created by our staff. Please enjoy!

Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of Lexington's Historic Lexington Cemetery. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you can download individual tracks. For the single MP3, music will play between the stops. You can pause the track while you walk between stops.

This tour covers a walking distance of approximately 1.5 miles.

Please note: You will be walking on paths also used by cars. Please take special care to watch and listen for approaching vehicles.

The music clips used in this tour are from “Walking Barefoot on Grass” by Kai Engel, and are used with a CCBY license. It is available here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/

Join us for a walking tour of Lexington's Historic Lexington Cemetery. The full tour is available as a single MP3, or you can download individual tracks. For the single MP3, music will play between the stops.

Do you need to learn new software, technology, creative or business skills to achieve your professional or personal goals? LinkedIn Learning gives you unlimited access to a vast library of high quality video tutorials taught by recognized industry experts. You can work at your own pace with provided exercise files.  Available on your personal computer or mobile device.  (Note:  To log into the mobile app, enter lex for your Library ID.  You will be prompted to enter your library card number and PIN.)
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The Lexington Public Library is pleased to offer teachers, childcare providers, and homeschooling families the "Bucket of Books" service.  To use this service, you'll need a Teacher Card.

 

The Lexington Public Library is pleased to offer teachers, childcare providers, and homeschooling families the "Bucket of Books" service.  To use this service, you'll need a Teacher Card.

Need to request a specific title instead?  Log into your account.

Library staff will contact you if they have questions about your request.

Requests are typically filled within 2-3 business days.  You'll receive notification when materials are ready to pick up at the location of your choice.  Need to change your notification method?  Log into your account or give us a call at 859-231-5500.

Once ready, we'll hold your items for 7 days.

Books check out for 6 weeks on Teacher Cards and will auto-renew if no other customer has requested them.

Questions?  We're here to help!  Ask us.

 


 

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PLEASE NOTE:

This application is only for volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library.  

 

PLEASE NOTE:

This application is only for volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library.  

Information about other volunteer opportunities is available here.

You will be contacted regarding this application and more information may be collected at that time. All volunteer positions will require a reference check and will most likely require a background check. Also note, if you are under 18 years of age, you may not be eligible for some volunteer opportunities.

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Please complete this form to request a Destination Kindergarten Storytime Kit.  Kits may be borrowed for 2 weeks.  Each kit contains: 5-7 books, a binder with songs, action rhymes, and fingerplays, and several classroom manipulatives for activities.  A staff member will contact you within 2-3 days regarding your request. 

Please note:  These kits are intended for classroom use, and you must be an employee of a childcare facility to request a kit.

 

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Available Kits:

Alphabet Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as egg shakers, action flash cards, and more.
B is for Bear by Roger Priddy
ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

 

Alphabet Kit

Colors Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as color paddles and items for flannel and magnet boards.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
Pete the Cat, I love my White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

 

Colors Kit

Dogs Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as an interactive B-I-N-G-O song and a doghouse game for flannel and magnet boards.
There are two varieties of dogs kits, books are split as such:
Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Sally Goes to the Vet by Stephen Huneck
The Dog House by Jan Thomas

Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
Dogs by Emily Gravett
Spot’s First Walk by Eric Hill
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Move Over, Rover! By Karen Beaumont

 

Dog Kit

Farm Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a handheld set of farm animal pictures, baby chicks and mother hen flannel and magnet board activity, and more.
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Barhan-Quallen
Hogwash by Karma Wilson
Pete the Cat and Old Macdonald Had a Farm by James Dean
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Down By The Barn by Will Hillenbrand
Farm Babies by H. A. Rey

 

Farm Kit

Food Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a felt pizza making set, a hungry monster set for flannel and magnet board, and more.
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
Stanley’s Shop by William Bee
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Rah, Rah, Radishes! By April Sayre
Edible Colors by Jennifer Vogel Bass

 

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Shapes Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as scarves, handheld pairs of shapes, and more.
Shape By Shape by Suse MacDonald
Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
City Shapes by Diana Murray
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham

 

Shapes Kit

Things That Go Kit:  Includes action rhymes, songs, and fingerplays as well as classroom activities such as a felt traffic light for flannel or magnet board, a set of steering wheels, and more.
Go Go Gorillas by Julia Durango
Duck on A Bike by David Shannon
The Bus is For Us! by Michael Rosen
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
Mighty Truck by Chris Barton
Freight Train by Donald Crews

 

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You can only borrow one kit at a time.
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Walking Tour

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 can download individual tracks. For the single MP3, music will play between the stops. You can pause the track while you walk between stops.

This tour covers a walking distance of 1.7 miles.

The music clips used in this tour are from “Walking Barefoot on Grass” by Kai Engel, and are used with a CCBY license. It is available here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/

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 can download individual tracks. For the single MP3, music will play between the stops.

The Central Kentucky Cemeteries Maps are powered by Google Maps.  Counties include:  Fayette, Bourbon, Clark, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford.

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Discover unique resources in our Digital Archives that tell the story of Fayette County.  Visit cemeteries throughout Central Kentucky using our cemetery maps.  Contact our resident experts in the Central Library's Kentucky Room with questions.

The Lexington Public Library has made an effort to ensure that all of our digital collections are public domain, or that we have gotten approval from the copyright holders to display their work. Most - but not all - of these collections, to the best of our knowledge, have no known US copyright restrictions. Some items in the collection are under copyright but qualify for online display by libraries under Section 108(h) of United States Copyright Law. Some of the collections provided in the Library's Digital Archives are made available under an assertion of fair use, which does not necessarily apply to an individual's use of them.

Get live expert help with homework and skill building, study tips and tools, and collaborate with friends on your computer or mobile device. Live Homework Help is available for K-12 grades from 2 pm - 11 pm daily with professional tutors.  You must create an account on the Brainfuse site before you can log into the mobile app.

 

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Please note:  If you would like to recommend that we purchase an item for our collection, click here.

 

Please note:  If you would like to recommend that we purchase an item for our collection, click here.

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