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KYVL Membership


Kentucky Virtual Library has 300 member institutions, including public libraries, public and private K12 schools and districts, college and university libraries, hospitals, and more. Membership enables member institutions to link their users to high-quality information at substantial savings. To use the licensed databases, a person must be affiliated with a member library in Kentucky.

Become a member

For more information about becoming a KYVL member, please provide some information about your library or institution by completing the KYVL  Membership Inquiry Form or contact KYVL at 844.400.5985 or by emailing


Membership in KYVL allows institutions to provide its user community with over 60 high-quality databases for users from elementary school through adults.

In addition to complete access to KYVL's licensed databases, KYVL member libraries have the option to participate in several cost-saving programs. For more information about any of these services, Ask KYVL.

  • Master Agreements (contracts) between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and database vendors
  • OCLC Worldshare Management Services contract and sole source status
  • LYRASIS membership and services, and
  • Training calendar for webinars on KYVL resources.

Member fees

All KYVL members contribute a fee which is applied to the database subscriptions. The public universities, community and technical colleges, public libraries, and all other members contribute directly to the resources KYVL subscribes to for access by all participants. Non-public members achieve considerable savings via the statewide acquisition and funding of these subscriptions. Historically, through this collaborative effort, the public participants realize a cost avoidance of more than $10 million a year.

The member fee, as determined by criteria established by the KYVL Funding Committee, represents a sustainable cost-sharing model adopted in July 2010. The fee is applied to core services, including the licensed content, access to OCLC, as well as other services and resources. Every member must pay a fee, regardless of library type and status as public or independent.