Kentucky Virtual Library now available to all Kentuckians

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) — The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) announced Monday that all K-12 students and teachers in Kentucky now have free access to an online portal of educational resources that can support learning and lessons at home.

The materials are available through the Kentucky Virtual Library, a collection of nearly 300 institutions from across the state. Content includes academic journals, encyclopedias, magazines, e-books, research, and materials for building skills and preparing for tests.

147,000 public school students and seven public libraries in Kentucky that have not previously benefited. In addition, private schools can contact KYVL to request login information for their students without charge.

Students, parents and educators have two options to access the Virtual Library.

First option: (For users with a verifiable email address from a Kentucky school, college or university, library or government agency.)

  • Users with an email address such as name@stu.fayette.kyschools.usname@louisville.edu or name@uky.edu should visit KYVL.org to obtain a password. The homepage includes a section called “Quick Links.” In that section, users should click on the link called “Password Request.”
  • A prompt will appear asking for the user’s email address. Users should enter their information, click “Request Password,” and wait for an automatic reply in their inbox. That reply will include a username and password if the user’s email address is verifiable.
  • After receiving a password, users can browse the website, select databases and materials, or use the search box at the top of the homepage. When prompted, users can log in using the username and password.

Second option:

  • If users do not have an eligible email address, they may contact their local public library or private school librarian for assistance in obtaining a username and password

These changes will remain in effect until the end of the academic year.

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(This story was originally published on March 24, 2020)

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