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K12 Education Professionals

This guide was created to help you access the information you need to successfully do your work in the field of education.

Accessing Kentucky Virtual Library Resources

Because KYVL databases are limited to Kentucky citizens, KYVL must have some way to confirm your residency. The easiest way for many Kentuckians to get access is to KYVL through their local public library.

Visit your public library's website (Click for Kentucky Public Library Directory)

Many large public libraries provide access to KYVL databases, as well as additional resources, to anyone with a library card. To find out if your library provides this type of access, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to your public library's web site.*
  2. Look the section of the site labeled research, online databases or virtual resources. (This will vary from library to library.)
  3. Click through to the list of resources or a specific databases (for example: EBSCOhost).
  4. Enter your library card number.
Call your local public library (Click for Kentucky Public Library Directory)

While the instructions above will work with many public libraries in Kentucky, there are still several libraries that will simply link to the KYVL website, where you will be required to enter a specific KYVL-created login. In this case, you will need to contact the library directly to obtain a username and password. Find your public library's phone number or web site URL by searching the Kentucky Public Library Directory.

More About Passwords

You can find additional information and guidance under Accessing KYVL.

Request a Username/Password Directly from KYVL

If you have an email account associated with a KYVL member library, school or district, you may request a KYVL password directly from KYVL by using the Password Request Form.

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