Main Library
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Bon Air
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Crescent Hill
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fairdale
Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Highlands-Shelby Park
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Iroquois
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Middletown
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Newburg
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Northeast Regional
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Portland
Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Matthews
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shawnee
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Shively
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
South Central Regional
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Southwest Regional
Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Western
Thursday: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jeffersontown
Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Offsite
Press enter or spacebar to select a desired language.

Services

Book Discussion Kits

Book discussion with several people

LFPL’s Book Discussion Kits have everything you need for a successful group reading experience. Each adult kit consists of 10 books, while children/teen kits contain 30 books. Kits also include author information, reviews, and suggested discussion topics - all packed in a convenient canvas tote. Kits may be reserved using Kitkeeper, sent to any branch for pickup, and checked out for up to six weeks. The nearly 900 titles in the collection cover a wide variety of reading interests. A limited number of kits are also available in large print.

Check availability and reserve any kit:

KitKeeper

For more information on KitKeeper, view our instructions and FAQs. For further assistance, call (502) 574-1611.

Visit the Library catalog if you need to reserve a single title instead of a kit.

Bookmobile & Outreach

Bookmobile and book bike services

LFPL’s children’s bookmobile services are available for those ages 0-18. The bookmobile visits schools, community centers, and daycare centers on a monthly basis during the school year (September-May), and bi-weekly during the summer (June-July).

All services are subject to availability. To apply for bookmobile service, please choose the form that pertains to your site.

Bookmobile Requests

School Year Bookmobile (September-May)

Services include book checkout and storytime.

Summer Bookmobile (June-July)

Services include book checkout, storytime, and participation in the library’s Summer Reading Program. Application deadline: April 30, 2023.


Special Events

The Library is able to send the bookmobile to special events such as festivals, block parties, health fairs, school literacy events, and more. Services include library card sign-ups, storytimes, information about library events and services, and book checkout.


Books to You

Books to You is the Library's adult outreach service. Though a little different from the traditional bookmobile service, Books To You delivers books and provide library outreach to qualifying group residences. We can also deliver items through the mail to qualifying individuals.

Adult Bookmobile

Adult Bookmobile

The Library's adult bookmobile can make monthly visits to qualifying group residences, which allows patrons to enjoy a rotating selection of materials. In addition to the delivery of books and other library materials, these visits can sometimes include book talks or book discussion groups.

For more information about adding a group residence to our schedule, please call (502) 574-1611 or email bookstoyou@lfpl.org.

Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service

The Library's Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service offers a free books-by-mail service for patrons who qualify. This service allows qualified patrons to have large print books or audio books mailed directly to their residence free of charge via the U.S. Postal Service.

To learn more about this service, see the brochure.

If you think you qualify for the Library’s Free Matter for the Blind Mail Service:

  1. Print the Certification for Entry in the Books to You Program and have it signed by a competent authority, as defined on the form.
  2. Complete the Patron Reading Preferences form for your library location

Computer Use & Internet Access

Computer screens

LFPL provides free access to the internet on computer workstations and Wi-Fi at every Library location. We offer this service to advance the Library’s mission to provide residents of Jefferson County with equitable access to information and to support them in their pursuit of knowledge.

The Library uses a filter to limit access to sites containing sexually explicit materials. The Library does not screen content for language, points of view, or ideas. Users are encouraged to notify Library staff of sites that may have been unnecessarily blocked, and of sites which a user believes meet the filtering criteria.

The Library does not guarantee the availability, accuracy, or reliability of content for internet sites other than those directly maintained by the Louisville Free Public Library.

 

Policy Statement

There are uses of the Library’s computers that are considered unacceptable and constitute a violation of this policy. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Attempts at unauthorized access to the library computer system or any other computer system.
  • Damaging or attempting to damage computer equipment or software, interfering with systems operations, integrity, or security.
  • Viewing sites containing sexually explicit materials.
  • Gaining unauthorized access to another person’s files.
  • Sending harassing messages to other computer users.
  • Impersonating another computer user.
  • Adults soliciting meetings with or personal information from minors under age 17; or providing such information or agreeing to such meetings without parental consent by those under age 17.
  • Providing personal or private information about others via electronic communications or to internet sites.
  • Altering or attempting to alter the Library’s computer settings.
  • Violating copyright laws and software licensing agreements.
  • Using the computer for illegal activities.
  • A user violates this policy by their own action, or by permitting another to use their account to access the computer network or the internet. Failure to comply with this policy will result in the forfeiture of the user’s right to access these computers.

Guidelines for using Library computers and the Internet

The Library is pleased to offer computer-based services for our patrons. The demand for use of the computer workstations may exceed the available supply. To promote fair and equitable access for all users, the Library may establish time limits and sign-up sheets for workstations. Users may be asked to limit their computer sessions when others are waiting to use a workstation.

  • Printing is available from Library computers for a fee. If you have questions or need assistance, please ask Library staff for help.
  • Staff will provide limited instructional assistance for all users. Users needing additional training are encouraged to sign up for basic Internet classes offered at all Library locations.
  • Specialized instruction is also available by appointment at many Library branches. Call (502) 574-1611 for information.

Children and the Internet

As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents and guardians, not Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children’s use of the Internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 17 years.) Parents are responsible for their minor children’s use of the Library’s resources and facilities. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library’s Internet access are requested to monitor their children’s Internet use.

These safety tips are for all ages:

  • Do not give out any information such as your address or telephone number.
  • Never agree to meet face-to-face with someone you “met” online without first checking with a parent or caregiver.
  • Never respond to messages that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Remember that people online may not be who they seem. It is easy for some one to misrepresent themselves because you cannot hear or see the person.
  • Remember that everything you read online may not be true.

Parents & Educators

Desk with office supplies

The Louisville Free Public Library is dedicated to supporting educators and caregivers in the Louisville Metro area.

Still need help?

Contact us with your questions and suggestions.

Educator Card FAQs

Educators can apply for an Educator Card to check out items for their classroom. Check out these FAQs to see if an Educator Card is right for you:

What is an Educator Card?

An Educator Card is a library card specifically designed for educators to check out items for the classroom, separate from any personal Library account.

Who is eligible for an Educator Card?

An Educator is anyone currently delivering curriculum-based instruction to students in a school, before/after-school, childcare, library, homeschool program, or qualifying nonprofit.

How do I apply for an Educator Card?

Apply online or apply in-person at your local library branch. Educators must bring proof of residency or qualify for a free card as a non-resident (work, attend school, or own property in Jefferson County). In addition, they must show documentation of current educator status (school ID, business card, or a letter from school on official letterhead). Please notify staff when applying for an Educator Card.

I'm a homeschooling parent. Do I qualify for an Educator Card?

Yes. You must provide proof of residency; however, you can prove educator status by showing membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) or other homeschool association, or a copy of a letter notifying the local school district of intent to homeschool.

How many items can I check out?

You may have up to 100 items checked out at once on your Educator Card. Remember: you are personally responsible for all items checked out on your Educator Card.

How long is the check-out period?

The check-out period for items on an Educator Card is 30 days (not including 7-day items such as CDs and DVDs).

I already have a library card. Can I have an Educator Card too?

Yes, you can. They are two separate cards and accounts. Your Educator Card is designed for classroom materials. You may not check out personal items on your Educator Card. Items for personal use should be checked out on your personal library card.

When does my card expire?

Your Educator Card will expire one year after you apply for it. You can renew your card by coming into your local library branch with your proof of residency and educator status.

I lost or damaged an item that was checked out on my Educator Card. Will I still have to pay the replacement costs?

Yes. The Educator Card account holder is responsible for all items checked out on the Educator Card and for paying all damaged/lost item costs.

I owe more than $10.00 in replacement fees. Can I still use my Educator Card?

To be in good standing with the Library, your account balance must be $10.00 or less. While LFPL does not charge overdue fines, you will be charged if items are not returned. You can pay your replacement fees online or in person. Contact your local branch if you require assistance or to set up a payment plan.


Parents and Caregivers

parents and caregivers

Here you will find information about how to help kids with their homework, sign up for ACT prep classes, access our research tools, learn about the benefits of Student Power Plus Card, and get some child-rearing tips from experts.

Programs & Services

  • ACT Prep: The Library offers free ACT Prep classes and programs that will help you prepare for the test.
  • LFPL's Research Tools: designed for elementary and middle or high school audiences.
  • Book Bundles: Library staff can curate a collection of 10 age-appropriate books that you can check out for your family. Each bundle will be checked out to your library card for 21 days.
  • Homework Help: for kids and teens.
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge: This library program encourages families to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them with the skills they need for kindergarten. In as little as 15 minutes a day, families can build the skills for future school and life success.
  • Student Power Plus Card: The Student Power Plus Card is a multi-use card distributed to Jefferson County Public School, Archdiocese, and private school students.
  • Storytimes: All Library branches perform story hours for a variety of age ranges. Contact your local library to learn more.
  • Summer Reading: The Library's annual 10-week Summer Reading Program, presented by the Library Foundation, encourages children and teens to read for fun over the summer and helps them avoid summer learning loss. Summer Reading is FREE to all area youth, newborn through 12th grade.

LFPL Exam Proctoring Policy

Test and a pencil

As part of the Louisville Free Public Library’s mission to provide lifelong learning, free exam proctoring services are offered to students to fulfill their educational needs and interests. Exams are proctored subject to availability of authorized staff and resources.

Fees

There are no fees charged for exam proctoring.

Reservations & Cancellations

Reservations for exam proctoring must be made at least three (3) days in advance. The student must be on time for their appointment and is responsible for notifying the library if they cannot make the appointment or are running late. The library is not responsible for any penalties associated with missing an exam or beginning the exam late.

Student Responsibility

Prior to the exam:

  • The student must complete the online Proctor Reservation Form for every exam at least three (3) days in advance of the requested test date. If the student is taking more than one test they should fill out the form for each individual date/time requested.
  • Exams will not be proctored on a drop-in basis.
  • Exams will be proctored only during regular hours of library operation and must be completed at least one hour prior to the library closing.
  • The library does not proctor tests requiring constant observation of the student during the exam. Contact your institution to verify that you do not need to be continuously monitored by staff.
  • Students must make arrangements with their institutions to ensure that the exam and or login instructions arrive at the library prior to the scheduled exam time.
  • Prior to the scheduled exam time, students must confirm with the library that the exam and instructions have been received.
  • The library computers generally allow for the downloading and installing of software, but the Library cannot directly support or guarantee the functionality of any particular electronic test-taking platform. Students are responsible for verifying that the computer resources at the library are adequate for test taking. The library is not responsible for providing a laptop. If the student brings their own laptop, it is their responsibility to make sure it is allowable under the testing guidelines.

At the exam:

  • Students must provide a valid driver’s license or photo ID for verification of identity, or the exam will not be administered.
  • Students must provide all supplies necessary to take the exam.
  • The library is not responsible for handling any costs associated with the exam. The student is responsible for all fees and charges incurred during the exam.

Library and Staff Responsibilities

Prior to the exam:

  • The main responsibility for the proctor is to preserve the academic integrity of the examination process.
  • When the library receives the exam materials, the proctor will read the instructions sent with the exam and make sure the directions are clear.
  • Before the exam, the proctor will fill out all appropriate verification forms.

At the exam:

  • The Library will provide a place for the student to take the test. Please note: it will not be in a private study room, but will be in a common area.
  • Library staff will check the student’s identification and issue the exam either by administering a paper exam or by logging into the test-taking site.
  • The proctor will be aware of the student taking the exam, periodically observe the student as time allows, and sign the proctor form if requested. If an institution requires more of a proctor than this, the library will be unable to provide proctoring.
  • If the exam needs to be mailed, the exam materials must include a pre-paid, self-addressed envelope. The proctor will place the exam in this envelope upon completion and mail the exam.

The library will NOT:

  • Accommodate requests for unscheduled proctoring.
  • Proctor speeches.
  • Accept appointments via email.
  • Guarantee that the correct material has been received by the testing institution.
  • Download testing software for the patron. The library computers generally allow for the downloading and installing of software, but the Library cannot directly support or guarantee the functionality of any particular electronic test-taking platform. Students are responsible for verifying that the computer resources at the library are adequate for test taking.
  • Guarantee that technical problems will not occur when using the library computers.
  • The library is not responsible if the institution or library website, email, or internet access are not working at the time of the scheduled exam.
  • The library is not responsible for the student's performance on a test, even if conditions are not optimal for test taking.
  • The library is not responsible for any charges associated with the exam.
  • The library does not keep copies of completed exams.

Request Proctoring

Immigrant Services

People at a library citizenship ceremony

The Louisville Free Public Library offers a wide range of ongoing international and English language learning programming. LFPL's collection includes books and movies in more than 80 languages, from Arabic to Urdu, as well as English language learning materials.

A number of library locations also offer a rich mix of activities, including multilingual storytimes, cultural showcases, conversation groups, foreign films, and literary salons in several languages. During International Month (September), all LFPL branches celebrate Louisville’s diverse languages and cultures.

Library materials in a variety of languages:

English Language Learning (ELL/ESL) materials

More Library Resources

Transparent Language

Transparent Language allows you to explore a new language at the library, at home, or on the go using any Internet-connected device. Available in 110+ languages, including ESL/ELL.

Learning Express Language contains practice exams to prepare for the TOEFL, TOEIC, GED and Citizenship Tests. Recursos en Español.

*A valid LFPL library card is needed to access these resources when not visiting the library in person.

Citizenship Classes & Resources

Outreach

If you are interested in scheduling a library representative to visit your school, religious institution, civic group, or other organization to learn more about the Library's Immigrant Services, please contact Alecia.Fuller@lfpl.org. Outreach sessions can include an overview of the immigrant and refugee population of Louisville, making library cards and connecting people to their local library. We can also bring in related material for check out and connect interested individuals to opportunities to volunteer with foreign born children and adults.

Local Community Resources

Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)

Glasses on top of books

Through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, you may borrow certain types of materials from other libraries, such as books, magazine and newspaper articles, and microfilm. 

Who may borrow

You may use our ILL service if you hold a valid LFPL library card with no overdue items and less than $10 in fees. You may request three (3) items per calendar month.

Materials not available via ILL

Items not available via ILL include:

  • items owned by LFPL
  • items published within the current or previous year
  • media (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks)
  • mass market paperbacks
  • graphic novels
  • entire magazine issues
  • multiple copies of a single item

In these cases, you may recommend that the Library purchase an item via the Suggest a Purchase form.

Process to obtain ILL materials

First, check our online catalog to see if it is available in our Library system. If so, please place a hold. Items will not be obtained via ILL if a copy exists in the Library system.

  1. Fill out the online request. It is sent to our ILL department who sources the item from a participating library.
  2. The lending library receives and fulfills your request.
  3. The item is received and processed by our ILL department.
  4. You are notified promptly when your ILL item arrives at your selected branch.
  5. Please use and return the item to any branch on or before the specified due date. NOTE: many lenders are unable to renew books per their policy.

Pick-up/Return Locations

You may pick up and return ILL materials at any of our locations. ILL items will be checked out to you in burgundy canvas ILL delivery bags. ILL items must be returned to the Library in these same delivery bags. Be sure to leave the white ILL band on the item(s) themselves.

Time Required

ILL requests typically take three to six weeks.

Loan Period

The loan period is set by the lending library and will be indicated on each item. Books must be returned on time so we may continue to borrow from the lending library.

Renewals

Generally libraries do not permit renewal of ILL materials.

Costs

LFPL does not charge a fee for our ILL service, however many libraries do charge to loan to us.  We pass such charges on to you.  ILL lending charges typically run $5.00 to $20.00.  Putting a dollar figure on the ILL request form greatly increases your chance of getting the item.  Lending charges will be collected when you pick up your ILL request. We always try to obtain materials at no cost.

Also, please note that while LFPL does not charge overdue fees, you may be subject to overdue fines by the lending library/institution if items are not returned by the due date.

Photocopies

LFPL can generally obtain an electronic copy for free. However, charges associated with obtaining physical copies depend on the lending library. Requests for photocopies of articles from magazines, journals and newspapers require your approval of a maximum cost since libraries routinely charge for these.  Even putting $5.00 on the form will greatly improve your chance of getting the item. Charges must be paid before receiving the photocopies.

Lost or Damaged Items

Any overdue fines or replacement costs for lost or damaged materials are the responsibility of the patron. For charges billed to us, the patron's account will be charged the exact amount that the lending library charges LFPL and the charge is not negotiable.

Placing Requests

To place an ILL request, please click on one of the buttons below to complete the appropriate Interlibrary Loan Request Form:

Books

Other Materials

Job Seekers

People talking to each other in a line

Welcome to our job seeker resources page! We’ve created this page to provide you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in your job search. Whether you’re looking for help with your resume, interview tips, or job search strategies, we’ve got you covered. Please take a look at our resources and let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance.

Learning Express Library

Learning Express Library has an extensive collection of practice tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED and GRE, as well as high school skills improvement, military entrance, and citizenship tests. In addition, Learning Express Library offers many job skills tests such as business writing, grammar, and interviewing. You can also find practice licensing tests for the civil service exam, law enforcement, cosmetology, teaching, and the commercial driver’s license test.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is a premier online learning resource offering more than 16,000 courses available in seven different languages covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more—available free with your library card.

Treehouse

Treehouse is an online video and interactive learning platform that teaches people how to design and develop websites, mobile apps, and more. Classes include coding languages like HTML, CSS, PHP, Ruby, Python, and Java as well as iPhone and Android apps.

Community Resources

Community Action Partnerships (CAP)
Services include various educational courses and Job Readiness Financial Literacy courses. Also see Office Locations.

KentuckianaWorks
Services include high-demand job training, one-on-one career counseling, career development workshops, career search resources, access to computers, phones and faxes for job searches.

Kentucky Career Center
The Kentucky Career Center offers information on unemployment benefits and claims as well as many services for job seekers.

Louisville Urban League
Assists clients - primarily African Americans and individuals of low-to-moderate income-- prepare for and find employment. Services include counseling and placement services, training and development, pre-screening and referral services, and outreach programs.

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs 
This site includes information about education and training benefits available to veterans through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Express 
Kentucky Career Center offices have local veterans employment representatives and disabled veteran outreach specialists to assist veterans with their employment and training needs.

Center for Accessible Living (CAL) 
CAL offers training on disability issues and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADA compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodation certification, American Sign Language interpreters, recruitment, career development, a Job Hunt Club, and more.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky 
Goodwill provides jobs, job training, and employment counseling for people who face barriers to finding and keeping a job, including people with disabilities, recipients of public assistance, and people with limited education or work history.

Job Corps
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible youth at least 16 years of age. For more information, call (800) 733-JOBS where an operator will refer you to the admissions counselor closest to where you live and mail you an information packet.

Kentucky Office for the Blind 
Services include: braille instruction, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, adult education, career development, life skills, and personal development.

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Programs and services offered include counseling and guidance, vocational, and other training services, interpreter and note-taking services, rehabilitation technology, job placement, and supported employment.

Maker Spaces

Kids and Teens using LFPL's Maker Spaces

A maker space is a collaborative work space for making, learning, and exploring with high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech tools. At LFPL, our maker spaces are stocked with a variety of machines, materials, and expertise to help you get started on your projects and ideas. These spaces are free and open to everyone (children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.)

Northeast Regional Library

The Northeast Regional Library Maker Pavilion provides patrons with access to technology and tools for creation. Adults and teens ages 13+ are welcome to make an appointment to use the space after completing a Maker Pavilion 101 orientation. Children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has completed MP101. Maker Pavilion programs are designed to accommodate all skill and experience levels.

Northeast Regional Makerspace

The Maker Pavilion includes:

  • Maker Space with a Glowforge laser cutter, Makerbot 3D printer, Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, Janome sewing machines, button machines, laminator, art supplies, laptops with Adobe Creative Suite, and more!
  • A/V Studio with a recording booth, audio equipment, photography and videography equipment, green screen technology, musical instruments, and more!
  • Demonstration Kitchen
  • Porch area for exercise classes
PDF document of Maker Pavilion Equipment

Reserve Equipment

View Maker Programs


South Central Regional Library

The COLLIDER Maker Lab provides patrons access to technology and tools for creation. Contact us for more information and to reserve machines.

South Central Regional Library makerspace

Maker equipment includes:

  • Janome sewing machines
  • Makerbot 3D printer
  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Glowforge laser cutter
  • Roland vinyl cutter
  • Button makers
  • Adobe Creative Suite
Reserve Equipment

View Maker Programs

COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence

South Central Regional COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence Program

    The COLLIDER Artist-in-Residence program at South Central Regional Library is your opportunity to learn from working artists. Learn a different art practice each month with a new artist during their open studio hours and workshops. More info at lfpl.org/collider.


    Show and Tell

    We'd love to see what you make in the Library's maker spaces!

    Meeting Rooms

    People having a meeting

    You can now reserve one of our meeting rooms to work on group projects, complete homework assignments, or explore your creativity with an exciting project! Our meeting rooms are designed to provide a comfortable and collaborative environment for you and your team.

    Rules & Guidelines

    Please review these rules and guidelines before reserving a meeting space at the Library:

    A. Library Mission

    The Library’s mission is to provide the people of Louisville and Jefferson County with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas, and information and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

    B. Intended Purpose

    The primary purpose of the Library’s meeting spaces is to accommodate Library and/or Library Foundation programs and events. These activities take precedence over all other uses.

    When not in use by the Library and/or the Library Foundation, meeting rooms are available to the community, nonprofit groups, individuals, and organizations that are engaged in educational, cultural, civic, or charitable activities.

    The Library is unable to reserve private meeting or study rooms, and does not host personal parties or celebrations. ALL MEETINGS MUST BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

    C. Non-discrimination

    The Library does not discriminate in making its meeting rooms available on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. Access is granted equitably, regardless of beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups.

    D. Reservation Requests

    Reservations may be requested by accessing the online reservation form.

    The form may also be completed in person at the desired branch. A meeting room request form must be on file for any group or organization who reserves a meeting room. This form is to be updated each calendar year, at a minimum.

    The Library reserves the right to deny any meeting room request if it is determined that the group, individual, or organization has abused its past privileges while using meeting rooms as determined by LFPL authorities, including and without limitation: disruptive behavior, discriminatory or prejudicial actions, vandalism, theft, failure to clean a room or return a room to order, instances of no call/no show, and/or failure to exit the building on time.

    E. Hours and Limits

    All meetings must take place during regular Library hours of operation. All meeting rooms must be vacated thirty (30) minutes prior to closing.

    All meetings should be reserved within three (3) days of the meeting date, and cannot be reserved more than three (3) months in advance.

    Groups may reserve meeting rooms a maximum of one (1) time per week. Some meeting rooms may have additional restrictions. Find more information on individual meeting spaces.

    Groups must alert the Library to canceled meetings as soon as possible. Failure to arrive for a reservation may result in the denial of subsequent meeting room requests.

    The Library reserves the right to cancel meeting room reservations, with as much notice as is feasible, to accommodate Library and/or Library Foundation sponsored programs and events. All efforts will be made to reschedule canceled reservations and/or seek an alternative branch. Any necessary changes to meeting room location will be communicated as soon as possible.

    Library meeting rooms cannot function as administrative offices or headquarters for any group or individual. No group or individual may use the Library as a permanent meeting space, advertise or promote as such, or use the Library as a mailing address or phone contact.

    F. Financial Gain

    THE USE OF LIBRARY MEETING SPACE FOR FINANCIAL GAIN IS PROHIBITED. Meeting rooms may not be used for sales or commercial purposes, for the solicitation of business, for current or future profit or financial gain, or for fundraising.

    No admission may be charged, and no monies may be exchanged. No requests for donations may be made or fees charged on site. No goods or services may be promoted or sold on Library property. This includes promoting or sales by sample, pictures, or descriptions. ALL MEETINGS MUST BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

    G. Rules of Behavior

    Rules regarding the use of Library meeting rooms are a reflection of the LFPL Rules of Behavior, and as such apply throughout the Library system. These rules are in place to create a clean, safe, and inclusive environment that is comfortable for all. Please review the LFPL Rules of Behavior before reserving a meeting space.

    The Library reserves the right to attend or monitor any meeting or event held in its facilities to ensure that the LFPL Rules of Behavior, and these meeting room policies herein, are upheld. Library staff and security must have free access to meeting rooms at all times.

    H. Advertising and Publicity

    Permission to use a meeting room does not constitute an endorsement by the Library of a program or any point of view expressed. Activities, purposes, objectives, or opinions of groups must not be advertised or promoted in any ways to suggest they are sponsored, co-sponsored, or approved by the Library. The use of the Louisville Free Public Library logo is prohibited.

    If publicity concerning the meeting is printed, circulated, or displayed, it must include the statement: “This meeting is not sponsored or endorsed by the Louisville Free Public Library.” This includes any postings on social media outlets, websites, or blogs.

    Any phone number on the publicity must be that of the organization hosting the meeting, and not the Library branch or main information number.

    I. Tobacco and Smoking

    All LFPL branches are tobacco- and smoke-free. Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited in meeting rooms or on any Library property. This includes cigarettes, chew or spit tobacco, e-cigarettes, and/or any vaping devices.

    J. Set-up and Clean-up

    The Library does not provide maintenance or custodial staff to set up furniture or to clean up after meetings. Please ensure that you have checked with the Library regarding furniture available for your meeting, along with all set-up requests. Unless informed otherwise via written confirmation, groups must set the room themselves and clean up prior to leaving. All furniture should be returned to its original location.

    K. Food Permission

    Food permission requests will be granted or denied in writing. Light refreshments may be served during your meeting if (a) you request to do so in writing and describe what you are intend to serve; and (b) the food and beverages are approved for Library spaces.

    L. Technical Assistance

    The Library does not provide technical staff to set up technology or assist with technology use during meetings. Please ensure that you have checked with the Library regarding any audio visual equipment you may wish to use in a meeting room prior to your meeting date and time.

    M. Personal Property

    The Library is not responsible for the loss or damage of equipment, supplies, materials, or other items owned by any group, organization, or individual. The Library cannot provide storage for personal property.

    N. Exceptions

    Any exceptions to this policy must be approved in advance by the Library Director, and confirmed in writing.

    O. Indemnification

    All groups or individuals reserving a meeting room acknowledge that they understand and are in agreement with the following indemnification statement:

    In consideration of the Louisville Free Public Library allowing me to use the facilities, I hereby waive and release the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and its Louisville Free Public Library and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all claims or causes of action for injury, damage or loss to my person or property during my participation in the event.

    I hereby further agree to indemnify, hold harmless and defend the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and its Louisville Free Public Library and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers from any and all losses, claims, or causes of action for injury, damage or loss in any way relating to or arising from any incidence occurring during the event. This waiver and release is intended to be an express waiver of and release from any and all claims against the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and its Louisville Free Public Library and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers arising from the event, including all claims or causes of action based upon the alleged negligence or gross negligence of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and its Louisville Free Public Library and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers.

    I expressly agree that this Permission, Release, Waiver and Indemnification agreement shall be interpreted as releasing the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and its Louisville Free Public Library and their officers, agents, employees and volunteers from all liability and claims to the fullest extent allowed by the laws of Kentucky.

    Online Form

    Print Form

    Printing & Faxing

    People printing documents

    The Library charges for printing and copying, while faxing is free.

    • B/W copies $0.05 each (per side)
    • Color copies $0.50 each (per side)
    • We Accept: Cash, Credit/Debit, Apple Pay and Google Pay

    PLEASE NOTE: A temporary charge of $5 will be encumbered when paying for printing and copying by debit or credit card. When your print job is completed or times out, the remaining balance will automatically be refunded to your card. Refunds may take 24-72 hours to appear on your account.

    No more than $5 worth of copies can be printed at one time when using a credit or debit card.


    Mobile Printing

    You can now print from any mobile device or computer anywhere and pick up your print jobs at the Library. Choose from one of these three options to get started.

    Option 1: Send from your mobile device.

    Download the PrinterOn app available for iOS and Android and send print jobs to any Library branch from any mobile device.

     Option 2: Upload from your computer, laptop or mobile device.

    Choose a branch where you would like to pick up your print jobs:

    Option 3: Email your print job

    Email documents from any device directly to the Library’s printing system.

    • Choose a library branch and printing option from the list below.
    • When you arrive at the Library where you sent the print job, go to the Print Release Station and select “Release a Print Job.”
    • Enter the email address you supplied and select your print job.
    Bon Air
    Crescent Hill
    Fairdale
    Highlands-Shelby Park
    Iroquois
    Jeffersontown
    Main Library
    Middletown
    Newburg
    Northeast
    Portland
    St. Matthews
    Shawnee
    Shively
    South Central
    Southwest
    Western

    Terms of use and printing costs:

    You will need a valid email address to use mobile and remote printing.

    Standard size (8.5” x 11”) print rates are:

    • B&W printing $0.05 per side
    • Color printing $0.50 per side

    Print jobs are available for 48 hrs. See supported mobile print formats/documents.

    Telescopes

    Telescopes observing

    Thanks to a generous donation from the Louisville Astronomical Society, LFPL is excited to offer telescopes for check out at the Main Library, as well as our Northeast, Southwest and South Central Regional libraries. The lending period is for one week and is limited to Louisville Free Public Library cardholders in good standing, 18 years or older.

    How to check out a telescope:

    Signing a Telescope User Agreement at the time of checkout is required.

    For more information on the telescope lending program, or to schedule an appointment, visit: