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Accessing KYVL resources

KYVL resources are provided in partnership with participating Kentucky libraries, which include Kentucky schools, public libraries, college and universities, hospitals and more. Visit your participating library to use KYVL resources on site. Library staff can also provide a KYVL username and password for use of KYVL resources from home and elsewhere. For more options, see How to get a password, below.

How to get a password

If you are away from your campus or library, you will be prompted to log in once you choose a resource. You may request a username and password at using your school, college, state government, or other qualifying email address.

If you do not have a qualifying email address, please contact your local library. KYVL usernames and passwords cannot be sent to an unverifiable email address and KYVL staff cannot give out login information to unverified users over the phone.

College and university users

Most institutions of higher education in Kentucky link to KYVL databases through their library web pages, allowing students, faculty and staff to log in off campus using institutional login credentials.

To use KYVL resources directly from the KYVL website, request a password at using your college email address.

K12 students and teachers

Students and teachers in member schools and districts may request a username and password at using your school email address. You can also request a password from your library media specialist. KYVL resources can be used all year long, including over summer break. 

Students in districts that do not participate may register as borrowers with their participating public library to obtain KYVL login credentials for use outside of school hours. Access to KYVL resources is not available on school networks for non-member districts.

In many communities, school districts and public libraries both pay KYVL membership fees. This cost sharing is necessary to keep KYVL affordable for all members. If K12 districts do not elect to participate, their students do not have access to their public library's KYVL resources on school networks.

Hospital staff

Request a username and password at using an email account associated with a KYVL member hospital, or contact your hospital library staff.

Military personnel

Kentucky's military personnel and their families should contact the base library for a KYVL username and password.

State government employees

KYVL resources are available to Kentucky state government employees through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). Visit KDLA to use KYVL and other resources, or request a KYVL password at using a qualifying state government email address, such as, or

Public library users and other Kentuckians

Kentucky Virtual Library resources are available through participating Kentucky libraries. Contact your local member library for a password that allows access from home. Library contact information is available in the Kentucky Public Library Directory.

A note about LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library requires a personal login to access tests, test prep, and the other resources. Learn more at or Ask KYVL if you need assistance.

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