Central Library Parking Garage
Below you will find information about the parking garage that is available to access our Central Library.
Directions to Garage
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There are 428 parking spots in the Library’s parking garage, 10 of which are handicapped or van accessible.
From Main Street:
The Parking Garage is located between the Police Department and the Lexington Public Library at 140 East Main Street. As you are coming west down Main, the entrance to the parking garage will be on your left. If you reach Limestone, you have gone too far.
From Vine Street:
After you cross (or turn from) Limestone, take a left onto Hernando Alley. This turn comes almost immediately. The garage will be directly in front of you. Turn right onto Water Street and left into the garage.
The Library will validate up to 2 hours free parking for Library customers. The following parking rates apply for customers staying longer than 2 hours and individuals whose tickets are not validated. The maximum fee is $8.00 per day.
|First 30 minutes||$1.00|
|30 minutes – 1 hour||$2.00|
|1 hour – 1½ hours||$3.00|
|1½ hours – 2 hours||$4.00|
|2 hours - 2½ hours||$5.00|
|2½ hours – 3 hours||$6.00|
|3 hours – 3½ hours||$7.00|
|Over 3½ hours||$8.00|
|Longer Rates – Parking Access Card|
|Weekly passes||$30.00||$20 per week plus one time $10 refundable deposit|
|Replacement card fee||$10.00|
A payment kiosk is available outside the first floor parking garage elevators. You may pay for your parking here and take your ticket to enter in the machine when you leave the garage. You will need to insert the ticket at the gate to exit! You have 20 minutes to exit the garage with no further charge.
The kiosk gives change in bills, but please be aware the gate gives change in coins only.
Long Term Parking
Parking Garage Access Cards (also known as Parking Passes) are available for business and individuals. A monthly fee rents a Parking Garage Access card for unlimited parking in the Library Parking Garage. Weekly passes are also available.
To apply for your Parking Garage Access Card, please download this form and bring it, along with your first month’s payment, to the 5th floor Administration Office in the Central Library. If you prefer, applications are also available in the Administration Office. If you will be parking for 3 weeks or less your first month, you will be billed at our weekly rates to maximize your savings.
Please make sure you understand the Rules and Regulations, as abuse of the Parking Garage Access Card may result in parking privledges being revoked.
- Parking Cards are programed for a one-in, one-out system. You must scan your card upon entering and exiting each time regardless of whether the garage gate is up or down.
- The Parking Card is to be used only by the individual to whom the card was issued.
- One monthly parking card allows an individual one space in the garage.
- The parking garage access card is not to be scanned to allow other drivers to enter or leave the parking structure at any time.
- Allowing other drivers to tailgate upon entering or exiting the garage is prohibited.
- Those with monthly parking passes are required to pay by the 15th of each month.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why isn’t my parking pass working?
A. The Parking Cards are programmed for a one-in, one-out system. If the gate was up the last time you went in or out, it’s possible your card is out of sync.
Did you let someone out using your pass or allow another parking customer to tailgate? If so, it’s likely your pass has been turned off. You will need to call (859) 231-5504 to have your pass turned back on.
If neither of these reasons apply to you, you may have a defective card. You may receive a new card through the Lexington Public Library Administration Office, Central Library 5th floor.
Q. I have a guest staying with me. Can I use my pass to let them out?
A. No. You may pay the hourly fee or purchase a parking pass for 1 or 2 weeks. See the Rates section for additional details.
Q. When I left the garage, my card didn’t work and I had to pay cash. Can I get reimbursed?
A. Sure. Bring the receipt to the Administration Office, Central Library 5th floor, and we’ll take care of it.
Q. My roommate and I get a parking pass with our rent. Can we share the card?
A. No, each vehicle parked in the garage needs a separate access card. Park Plaza provides one access card, therefore one parking space, for each apartment. One vehicle is registered as the primary vehicle for the apartment. Any other vehicles parked in the Garage must be registered through Lexington Public Library to receive their own access card, or pay daily rates. Storage of additional vehicles can also be arranged. As stated in the Rules and Regulations, one parking pass equals one space, so only one vehicle.
Q. People are coming to stay with me for a week. Do they have to pay the hourly rate to get in and out?
A. You may pay the hourly fee or purchase a parking pass for 1 or 2 weeks. See the Rates section for additional details.
Q. How do I cancel my monthly parking account?
A. Bring your card to the Lexington Public Library Administration Office, Central Library 5th floor, and we will terminate your account.
For questions or to report a problem about the garage, contact Jim Chandler, Director of Support Services, at (859) 231-5543.
Parking Garage Payments
Thank you for paying your monthly garage invoice online. Please make sure the account name is included in your payment information, especially if it is different from the name on your credit card or bank account.
Your payment due can be found on your monthly invoice, or you can contact Laca @ (859) 231-5546 or contact us here.