Lexington Library

Genealogy & Local History

Kentucky Room

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The Kentucky Room, located on the third floor of the Central Library, contains a wealth of information about Kentucky and Fayette County. The collection features books on all aspects of Kentucky, subject files on Kentucky and Lexington, local newspapers, city directories, maps, and state and local government documents, including select census and vital records.

You can contact the Kentucky Room at 859-231-5500, ext. 1008, or by email with questions and specific information requests.

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Digital Archives


The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives provide open access to researchers and students to learn more about the rich history of Lexington and Fayette County. It contains a fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room at the Central Library. New material is being digitized and added constantly, so there's always something new to find.

Cemetery Maps


Created by the Lexington Public Library's Kentucky Room staff and powered by Google Maps.  Maps are available for Fayette and several surrounding counties.

Genealogy Club


Are you just starting your family tree, or have you run into a brick wall tracing a distant ancestor? Join us to share tips and learn new research strategies. All levels of experience are welcome!  Check our calendar of events for upcoming meetings.