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

All Library locations will be closed on New Year's Day.

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The Lexington Public Library receives most of its operating funds from an Ad Valorem property tax. By State law, the Library receives five cents for every $100 of assessed property value in Lexington and Fayette County.


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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Friends of the Lexington Public Library provides financial, advocacy and volunteer support to the Library.  Shop at the Friends Book Cellar in the Central Library for a great selection of used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and vinyl records, all at discounted prices.

Friday, June 09 2023 6:00pm - 8:00pm Leave the school year behind at our after-hours Teen Summer Launch event! Teens Only, Ages 13 - 18.
Tuesday, June 20 2023 5:00pm - 6:30pm Happy Summer! In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and the start of the summer season. Let's usher in this new season with a one-of-a-kind summer decoration!
Sunday, June 25 2023 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sweet Evening Breeze and Sue Mundy. Henry Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Rock Hudson. Bob Morgan and Bradley Picklesimer. These are some of the colorful characters who shape The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies, a documentary excavating a 150-year-old, gender-bending, sexual outlaw community in the American south of Lexington, Kentucky.  Join us on Pride weekend for a screening of this important LGBTQIA+ film!

Meet with a librarian for one-on-one consultation.  Please submit the Book a Librarian Appointment Request Form or call 859-231-5500 during business hours to schedule an appointment.  Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday during Library business hours and typically last 30 to 45 minutes.

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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.

New Versailles Road Library Branch to be named Marksbury Family Branch

Lexington, Kentucky (March 9, 2022) – Lexington Public Library and Lexington Public Library Foundation are honored to announce that the Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead gift for the capital campaign to rebuild the library branch at the corner of Versailles Road and Village Drive.  In recognition of their generosity, the new facility will be named the Marksbury Family Branch when it opens in 2024.

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Fayette County, Kentucky, has changed enormously since it was created in 1792.  This collection contains documents about the people, places, and history of Fayette County.

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The Lexington Public Library's virtual book club for our 2016 One Book One Lexington pick, How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon. Join us weekly throughout April as we talk about the book and all the exciting things the library has planned for this year's One
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Alexa and Jenny are joined this week by our middle school expert, Ellie, as we discuss the very popular book Wonder by RJ Palacio. Wonder tells the story of a very special kid named Auggie, as he navigates his first year of middle school, takes on bullies