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About KYVL

About the Kentucky Virtual Library

The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is a consortium of nearly 300 Kentucky libraries and institutions, including colleges and universities, public libraries, K12 schools, hospitals, Department of Defense libraries, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA), and more.

The three primary services of KYVL include:

  • Databases - core resources accessible to the users of KYVL member libraries.
  • Courier service - facilitating resource sharing among Kentucky's public and academic libraries.
  • Kentucky Digital Library - a platform for shared digital archives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

KYVL went live in November 1999, and is a program of CPE, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Accessing KYVL resources

KYVL resources are provided in partnership with participating Kentucky libraries, which include Kentucky schools, public libraries, college and universities, hospitals and more. Visit your participating library to use KYVL resources on site. Library staff can also provide a KYVL username and password for use of KYVL resources from home and elsewhere. Learn more about how to get a password below.

How to get a password

If you are away from your campus or library, you will be prompted to log in once you choose a resource. You may request a username and password at password.kyvl.org using your school, college, state government, or other qualifying email address.

If you do not have a qualifying email address, please contact your local library. KYVL usernames and passwords cannot be sent to an unverifiable email address and KYVL staff cannot give out login information to unverified users over the phone.

College and university users

Most institutions of higher education in Kentucky link to KYVL databases through their library web pages, allowing students, faculty and staff to log in off campus using institutional login credentials.

To use KYVL resources directly from the KYVL website, request a password at password.kyvl.org using your college email address.

K12 students and teachers

Students and teachers in member schools and districts may request a username and password at password.kyvl.org using your school email address. You can also request a password from your library media specialist. KYVL resources can be used all year long, including over summer break.

Students in districts that do not participate may register as borrowers with their participating public library to obtain KYVL login credentials for use outside of school hours. Access to KYVL resources is not available on school networks for non-member districts.

In most Kentucky counties, school districts and public libraries both pay KYVL membership fees. This cost sharing is necessary to keep KYVL affordable for all members. If K12 districts do not elect to participate, their students do not have access to their public library's KYVL resources on school networks.

Hospital staff

Request a username and password at password.kyvl.org using an email account associated with a KYVL member hospital, or contact your hospital library staff.

Military personnel

Kentucky's military personnel and their families should contact the base library for a KYVL username and password.

State government employees

KYVL resources are available to Kentucky state government employees through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). Visit KDLA to use KYVL and other resources, or request a KYVL password at password.kyvl.org using a qualifying state government email address, such as @ky.gov, @lrc.ky.gov or @education.ky.gov.

Public library users and other Kentuckians

Kentucky Virtual Library resources are available through participating Kentucky libraries. Contact your local member library for a password that allows access from home. Library contact information is available in the Kentucky Public Library Directory.

A note about LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library requires a personal login to access tests, test prep, and the other resources. Learn more at kyvl.org/learningexpress. or Ask KYVL if you need assistance.

A note about K12 access

In most Kentucky counties, school districts and public libraries both pay KYVL membership fees. This cost sharing is necessary to keep KYVL affordable for all members. If K12 districts do not elect to participate, their students do not have access to their public library's KYVL resources on school networks.

Contact

Staff

Ilona Burdette, Executive Director
502.892.3073
Ilona.Burdette@ky.gov

Enid Wohlstein, Senior Fellow
502.892.3068
Enid.Wohlstein@ky.gov

Hours
  • Monday - Friday
  • 8 am - 4:30 pm ET / 7 am - 3:30 pm CT
Kentucky state holidays

KYVL offices are closed for the following state holidays:

  • January - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday (celebrated)
  • March / April - Good Friday
  • May - Memorial Day
  • July - Independence Day
  • September - Labor Day
  • November - Veterans Day
  • November Thanksgiving Holiday (Thursday and Friday)
  • December - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • December / January - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

For specific dates, please visit personnel.ky.gov/pages/leave.aspx.

Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

Knowing how to find, evaluate and use information improves quality of life. KYVL envisions a Commonwealth in which all Kentuckians have equitable access to the information they need and the tools to use it effectively.

Mission

KYVL's mission is to provide all Kentuckians a common foundation of high-quality resources, and support in their use, to enhance lifelong learning, working and living.

Values

In pursuit of our vision and mission, KYVL is committed to:

  • Fostering collaborative communities and innovative partnerships to further our common vision;
  • Equity and sustainability of funding and distribution of resources;
  • Conscientious stewardship of resources and efficiency of operations;
  • Providing prompt, courteous and knowledgeable service in all interactions with our members, users and partners; and
  • Clear and timely communication on issues of interest to members and partners.
Kentucky Virtual Library
844.400.KYVLkyvl@ky.gov
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A program of the Council on Postsecondary Education.
100 Airport Road, 2nd floor • Frankfort, KY 40601