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Libraries Serving Old Louisville

Old Louisville is especially rich with libraries.  Old Louisville residents should have no trouble finding reading or research material among the dozen important libraries together containing several million volumes which are located within or adjacent to the historic district.

Louisville Free Public LibraryUniversity of Louisville Libraries
The Filson Club Historical SocietySons of the American Revolution,
Spalding University LibraryThe Speed Museum Library
St. Philip Neri


Louisville Free Public Library

On-line catalog




LFPL reference links


Louisville Free Public Library

The Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, founded in 1908 and located just north of Old Louisville on York Street between Third and Fourth, is within easy walking distance of most of Old Louisville. Over 80% of the the classical style original building (1906-1908, Tachau and Pilcher, architects) was financed by a donation from Andrew Carnegie. history

301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203

(502) 574-1611

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Sunday (during the school year)



Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville

Minerva 2000-On Line catalog

Ekstrom Library Virtual Tour (includes library floor plans)

U of L Library Links to other regional libraries and libraries around the world,and on-line catalogs

Main Library
Law Library
Art Library
Music Library
Health Sciences Library
Engineering Library
Physical Science and Technology Library

University of Louisville Libraries

The Ekstrom Library  on the University of Louisville Campus is the main library of a University system of libraries which contains more than 1.4 million volumes and over 13,000 current subscriptions to journals, various special collections, media and microforms.  It is located on the University of Louisville Belknap campus, just a few hundred yards south of Old Louisville.

2301 South Third Street
University of Louisville Belknap Campus
Louisville, KY 40292

(502) 852-6745
(502) 852-7394 (fax)

Complex-depending on University schedule
Click here for current day by day hours for all libraries and collections
For the Ekstrom Library, regular Fall and Spring semester hours are:
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m.. - 6:00 p.m. Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Sunday
Extended hours may be in place during final exams.
University Archives & Records Center is usually open 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Photo and Rare Books archives 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8:00 p.m. Thursday

University of Louisville Libraries on Belknap Campus:
Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library, Ekstrom Library,
Laura Kersey Library of Engineering, Physical Science and Technology
Law Library, Dwight Anderson Music Library

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library



The Filson Club Library

Special Collections Guide Index

Sheet Music Collection

Manuscripts and Photographs

Library of the Filson Club Historical Society
This non-circulating collection contains over 50,000 volumes, 1500 maps, 3000 reels of microfilm, 840 newspaper titles, a 3700 piece sheet music collection, 3500 family histories and 4000 genealogy files on Kentucky families.   There is a $3-5.00/day usage fees for non-members.

1310 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Phone: (502) 635-5083
Fax: (502) 635-5086

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - Noon on Saturdays.



SAR National Headquarters

On-line Catalog

Library of the Sons of the American Revolution
The SAR national headquarters is located at the northern edge of Old Louisville.  It's library contains a non-circulating collection of over 50,000 items focusing on genealogy and American Revolutionary War history and military records.  The collection includes family genealogies, state and county history and vital statistics especially strong in New England records, Federal Census Records complete through the year 1860 for every state; some records through 1920, compact discs including FamilySearch and Family Tree Maker, Revolutionary War pension applications,and a special George Washington collection containing books, journal articles and manuscripts.
$5.00/day usage fee. No fee for members of the SAR, DAR, SR, or Friends of the SAR Library.

1000 South Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
(Library staff cannot respond to genealogical queries. )

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Closed on Major Holidays



On Line Catalog

Spalding Library at Spalding University
College research library on four floors.
The Facilities and Quick Tour
Map of Spalding

853 Library Lane (off Breckinridge between 3rd and 4th)
Louisville, KY 40203
Phone: (502) 585-7130
Fax: (502) 585-7156

Fall and Spring Schedule

Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-5:00 p.m. (Weekend College Sundays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00)
Summer Session Hours

8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am -   6:30 pm
8:00 am -   5:00 pm
2:00 pm -   8:00 pm
Posted on Front Door or Available by Telephone (502-585-7130) and on the web site

Metroversity Library Guide


Other Libraries Library in the Speed Art Museum

Hours: Restricted use, by Appointment
During museum hours Monday-Friday
(502) 634-2710

The Sullivan Video Library at the Speed Art Museum is a collection of over 600 art-related videos available as a free resource to teachers, university students and museum volunteers. Educators may borrow the videos for a one-week period.

St. Philip Neri
Immaculata Library and Book Store
236 Woodbine Street
Louisville, KY 40208

(502) 635-7073
Library hours:
Sunday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Friday 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.


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