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​​The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives is committed to strengthening and enhancing libraries and library services for all Kentuckians through leadership, advocacy and service.​

Request Research Assistance Using Ask a Librarian

Kentucky public libraries may use the Ask a Librarian service to request reference assistance or for professional consultation. To request any of KDLA's programming kits, Kentucky public libraries should visit our Kits​ page.

Public Library Directors' Toolkit

In public libraries, library directors assume a wide variety of duties in addition to being a leader in moving the library forward in our library world of constantly changing technology and circumstances.

Funding for Libraries

KDLA offers grants to libraries and local governments across the state to help them meet the needs of their customers.

Kentucky Talking Book Library

The Kentucky Talking Book Library (KTBL) provides free library service to people who cannot read traditional print because they have a visual, physical, or reading disability.

Library Policies

Sample policies provide a resource to help Kentucky's public libraries develop local library policies. They are offered as a source of help to aid libraries in developing and refining their own policies.

Library Programs

A selection of library programs are accessed here, including adult services, automation and technology, bookmobiles and outreach, children's and teen services, facilities construction, the Kentucky Resource Sharing Program, performers/presenters directory and the State Library lending collections

Library Staff Development

Discover information about librarian certification, continuing education, listservs® and professional organizations in these pages

Public Library Standards, Statistics and Directories

Material on library standards, statistics and statutes are found here. The page also includes links to the Kentucky Public Library Calendar, regional consultants and directories of performers/presenters and Kentucky public libraries.


The trustee is legally appointed, with powers and duties set out in the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 173. All authority for operation of the library resides in the board, taking action as a quorum in a public meeting.