The Kentucky Library Research Collections comprise a unique research center of primary sources for both the university community and general public users. Originally called the "Kentucky Library" with a mission to collect "all things Kentucky," the collection quickly grew to encompass the world. We house rare books, photographs, sheet music, rare periodicals, and specialized research collections in diverse languages or formats dating from the 15th century to today.

Our holdings are unique artifacts of local, national and international importance. Current collection holdings include more than 75,000 books and periodicals, thousands of unique extant examples of ephemera, music and political memorabilia, and an ever growing number of photographs, images, and sound / video recordings. Our materials can be accessed through the One-Search Box, TOPCAT, TopSCHOLAR®, KenCat, and in-house paper finding aids.

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Submissions from 1877

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Warren County, Kentucky Abstracted Burial Permits, 1877-1913, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1875

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Scottville Argus (Scottsville, Kentucky), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1870

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Grinstead Family Bible, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1868

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Minutes of the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1850-1868 (Part 3)., Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1866

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Speech of Hon. Green Clay Smith, of Kentucky, on Reconstruction, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1862

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Bowling Green, KY Rebel Fortifications, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Civil War Map of Bowling Green, KY 1862, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1858

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Columbia Male and Female High School Triennial Catalogue, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1856

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Minutes of the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1850-1868 (Part 2), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1855

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Blakey Scrapbook with Obituary Information, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1850

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Minutes of the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1850-1868 (Part 1), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1849

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William Grounds Family Bible, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1845

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Western Predestinarian Baptist, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1842

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Choctaw Academy, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1835

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Notes on the Mammoth Cave, To Accompany A Map, Edmund Lee

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Choctaw Academy, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1806

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Daviess County Map of 1806, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1803

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Revival of Religion, Kentucky Library Research Collections