Kentucky Virtual Library has nearly 300 member institutions, including public libraries, public and private K12 schools and districts, college and university libraries, hospitals, and more. Membership enables member institutions to link their users to high-quality information at substantial savings. Licensed databases may be used by anyone affiliated with a KYVL member library.
Membership in KYVL allows institutions to provide its user community with over 60 high-quality databases for users from elementary school through adults.
In addition to complete access to KYVL's licensed databases, KYVL member libraries have the option to participate in several cost-saving programs, including:
All KYVL member libraries participate in cost-sharing for KYVL's core databases, the resources common to all participants. Additional funding comes through the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Consortial savings for KYVL core resources approach $20 million annually when compared with list price for the same resources purchased individually by all participating libraries.
Each institution's core database fee is calculated based on a formula recommended by the KYVL Funding Committee, representing KYVL's constituent member groups. The current formula was approved by the KYVL Leadership Team in June, 2017, for member fees beginning with the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018.
All KYVL members contribute a fee which is applied to the database subscriptions. The public universities, community and technical colleges, public libraries, and all other members contribute directly to the resources KYVL subscribes to for access by all participants. Non-public members achieve considerable savings via the statewide acquisition and funding of these subscriptions. Historically, through this collaborative effort, the public participants realize a cost avoidance of more than $10 million a year.
The member fee, as determined by criteria established by the KYVL Funding Committee, represents a sustainable cost-sharing model adopted in July 2010. The fee is applied to core services, including the licensed content, access to OCLC, as well as other services and resources. Every member must pay a fee, regardless of library type and status as public or independent.