Kentucky Virtual Library

Empowering Kentucky with knowledge and ensuring equitable access of information for all.

About Website

The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is a robust consortium with participation from over 300 institutions, including schools, universities, and libraries throughout Kentucky. This collaborative initiative unites Kentucky’s educational entities to enhance lifelong learning and ensure equitable access to a broad spectrum of information for all residents of the state.

KYVL is crafted to empower students, researchers, and librarians by providing comprehensive access to a wide array of databases, journals, e-books, and other informational resources. These resources cover a broad range of disciplines, encompassing academic studies, professional development, and general interest topics.

KYVL provides a wide range of databases for various educational and research needs. These include resources for K-12, college, and professional levels covering topics like business, health, job and career training, historical research, and more. Additionally, the service offers access to eBooks, eJournals, audio books, videos, and other multimedia content, as well as specialized resources in areas like psychology, sociology, and environmental studies.

  • Academic Search Complete: Offers scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text databases including periodicals, monographs, reports, and conference proceedings.
  • Admissions Test Preparation: Provides practice tests, interactive tutorials, and eBooks for exams like AP, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL.
  • Adult Core Skills: Aids adults in enhancing basic skills and preparing for the U.S. citizenship exam.
  • Agricola: Contains citations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library.
  • Alt-Press Watch: Features articles from alternative and independent presses.
  • Ancestry Library Edition: A genealogy research tool with a wide range of primary resources.
  • APA PsycInfo®: Indexes behavioral science and mental health publications.
  • Business Source Premier: Covers all disciplines of business through journals and reports.
  • Career & Technical Education: Offers full-text titles on vocational topics.
  • CINAHL with Full Text: Provides full-text nursing & allied health journals.
  • College Students: Resources to strengthen academic skills and prepare for placement tests.
  • Computer Skills Center: Video courses to enhance computer literacy.
  • Consumer Health Complete: Offers information on health and wellness.
  • Coronavirus Research Database: Curates content related to coronaviruses and COVID-19.
  • eBook K-8 Collection: Ebooks on a variety of topics suitable for K-8 students.
  • ERIC: A database of education literature and resources.
  • Explora Educator’s Edition: Supports student research and classroom instruction.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia: Provides over 25,000 encyclopedia entries.
  • Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints: Offers information and opinions on social issues.
  • GED® Test Prep Center: Helps users prepare for the GED test.
  • Health Source – Consumer Edition: Includes consumer health magazines and topics.
  • Job & Career Accelerator: Assists with job search and application processes.
  • Kentucky Digital Library: Digital archival collections shared within Kentucky.
  • LearningExpress Library: Features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks for all ages.
  • MAS Ultra – School Edition: Includes full-text magazines and e-books on various subjects.
  • MEDLINE: Provides citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals.
  • Middle Search Plus: Offers full-text for popular middle school magazines and reference e-books.
  • NoveList: Assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles.
  • Open Access Initiative – University Press of Kentucky: Access to titles focusing on Kentucky’s history and culture.
  • Primary Search: Full-text database including children’s magazines and encyclopedic entries.
  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection: Full-text journals on psychology and behavioral sciences.
  • Publicly Available Content: Provides full text for publicly available scholarly content.
  • Regional Business News: Covers regional business publications in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Sociological Collection: Offers full-text sources for sociology researchers and students.
  • Teacher Reference Center: Indexes peer-reviewed journals for teachers.
  • TeenBookCloud: A collection of videos and chapter books in various categories.
  • TOPICsearch: A database of articles on current events and popular topics.
  • TumbleBookLibrary: An ebook database for children in grades K-6.
  • WorldCat: A comprehensive bibliography covering materials created from 1000 B.C. and onwards.

Access From Home

What it’s great for:
  • Diverse Resources
  • Educational Support
  • Professional Development
Works best on:
  • Computers
  • Tablets

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to do is be inside the library and using one of our public computers or bring your laptop/tablet and connect to our free public wifi.

If you want to access it from home, just simply fill out the form above and a password will be emailed to you. This password is changed annually so you can save it for future use and not have to fill out the form repeatedly.

Yes, KYVL provides resources suitable for all education levels, from K-12 students to college and university students, as well as lifelong learners.

Not at all! KYVL provides a wide range of resources not only for academic research but also for general information, professional development, and personal enrichment.

You can also visit KYVL’s website  to get more help.

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