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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.
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.
The materials in these collections are physically housed in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library and can be viewed during the Central Library's open hours.
For more information about a specific item, including any copyright restrictions on that item, please click on the information button:
The Digital Studio provides people of all skill levels the tools for filmmaking, photography and digital art, music making, and media preservation.
Wonderful podcasts and walking tours have been created by our staff. Please enjoy!
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.
The Kentucky Mountain Club was founded in 1929 as a social organization for residents of Lexington, Kentucky, who had
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!
Read articles from magazines and journals, learn a new language, or locate a newspaper article. These resources can't be found with a search engine but are available for free with your library card.
Learn by doing. Get hands-on practice with cutting edge technology at our Digital Studio, Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab, and Makerspace on your own or learn from our expert staff during structured programs.
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Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Friends of the Lexington Public Library, Inc.
Old Kentucky Architecture is a comprehensive book by Rexford Newcomb that was published in 1940.
The Kentucky Chautauqua Assembly presented an annual event in Lexington’s Woodland Park with days of programming.
The Kentucky Almanac was a regional almanac that began printing in 1788, at the office of John Bradford’s Kentuck
The Kentucky Rally Songs pamphlet contains 42 songs compiled and printed by the state chapter of the Woman’s Christia
Mountain Ballads for Social Singing contains 15 songs selected for the Vesper Hour gatherings at Berea Colle
The collection contains non-Fayette County school yearbooks and images, dating from 1878-1968.
Illustrated Lexington Kentucky contains photographs, demographics, commerce and financial information about Lexington
The Around the Town in Lexington, Kentucky magazine pamphlet contains advertisements for local attractions,