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 1913

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Fire Insurance Rates on Dwellings and Private Barns for Bowling Green Kentucky, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Old Hickory Trucks, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1911

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Hogwallow Kentuckian, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1910

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Adairville Training School [Catalog], 1910-1911 (MSS 701), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1909

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Adairville Training School [Catalog], 1909-1910 (MSS 701), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1908

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Adairville Training School [Catalog], 1908-1909 (MSS 701), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1907

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Adairville Training School [Catalog], 1907-1908 (MSS 701), Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Ordinary Meeting, The Panama Canal, The Lock Canal type and the Straits of Panama Type, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1906

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Adairville Training School [Catalog], 1906-1907 (MSS 701), Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1904

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Blue Bell: March Song and Chorus by Edward Madden and Theodore F. Morse (SM03156), Kentucky Library Research Collection

Submissions from 1903

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Eagle Eye, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Eagle Eye, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Statistical Abstract of the United States (Kentucky Crop Production), Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

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Tragedy of the Lost City: A Story of the Pioneer Days of Martinsville, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1900

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Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Kentucky Library Research Collection

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Index to Bowling Green, KY Special Editions Newspapers, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1899

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Souvenir Sketch and Roster of the Third Kentucky U.S.V.I. (E726 .K37 R8), Kentucky Library Research Collection

Submissions from 1898

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Admiral Dewey's Grand Triumphal March by P. Marcel (SM00575), Kentucky Library Research Collection

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My Father Was a Sailor on the Maine by Hattie Nevada (SM00641), Kentucky Library Research Collection

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Novelty War Primer, Kentucky Library Research Collection

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Headlight Bowling Green, KY, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1897

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Break the News to Mother (SM04397), Kentucky Library Research Collection

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Sanitation of Drinking Water, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1894

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General Laws for the Government of the Town of Horse Cave, Hart County, KY, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Liberty College, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1893

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Kentucky County Maps, 1893 (S65 .A2), Kentucky Library Research Collection

Submissions from 1892

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Report of the Superintendent Public Instruction of the State of Kentucky, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1890

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Proceedings of the Monroe County Teacher's Institute, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1888

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Bethel College, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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Singer Sewing Machine Manual, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

Submissions from 1887

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Summer Shade Institute, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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The South Western Medical Gazette A Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1886

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Bowling Green Gaines & Collier's City and Business Directory, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1885

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Woolsey Family Bible, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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13th Annual Register and Announcement Logan Female College, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1879

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Bowling Green and the Twelfth Kentucky Press Association, Kentucky LIbrary Research Collections

Submissions from 1877

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Map of Warren County, KY, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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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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A Sketch of the Skiles, the Underwoods, the McElroys, etc., Written for the Louisville Times, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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

Submissions from 1863

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War Eagle, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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War Eagle, 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 1852

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The South African Church Magazine and Ecclesiastical Review, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1850

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Memorandum of the Family History of the House of Hay, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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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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Divorces Granted by the Legislature and Courts in Kentucky, 1792-1849, Kentucky Library Research Collections

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William Grounds Family Bible, Kentucky Library Research Collections

Submissions from 1848

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An Essay on the Culture and Manufacture of Silk, 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