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University Libraries

The University offers an extensive library system designed to support undergraduate and graduate research. The Library system consists of the Ekstrom (Main) Library, the Fine Arts Library, the Law Library, the Music Library, the Health Sciences Library, and the University Archives and Records Center. Total library holdings number more than 2.2 million volumes. The libraries subscribe to 13,706 printed journals and to over 47,000 electronic journals, e-books and electronic databases, with electronic access to most journals. In addition, the libraries hold over 2.2 million microforms. Interlibrary Loan services of the Ekstrom and Kornhauser libraries provide access to collections of the Kentuckiana Metroversity libraries, the Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library (KYVL), and other libraries throughout the state, nation and the world for materials not owned by the University of Louisville Libraries. The libraries’ collections are accessed through the Minerva online catalog at:

Main Library

The William F. Ekstrom Library on Belknap Campus contains over 1.5 million books and subscribes to 6,069 journals including the former Kersey Library’s science and engineering collections. Ekstrom Library offers an array of multidisciplinary information services and collections and is the largest library facility at the University. The library is a depository for United States government publications and receives approximately 70% of titles available from the Government Printing Office. The library has a new Learning Commons, including the Metropolitan College Computer Lab, Media Resources (with a superb collection of videos relating to race, gender and diversity), REACH and Reference Services. In addition, Ekstrom library includes five state-of-the-art learning labs, the Elaine Chao Auditorium, special services for users with disabilities, the Bingham Poetry Room and the Grandville A. Bunton African American Collection.

The Photographic Archives are also located in Ekstrom Library and feature 1.5 million images and manuscripts. The Rare Books section contains primary research materials, literary manuscripts and antique books. For additional information see:

Ekstrom Library also houses, the Tulip Tree Café with a secure 24 hour study area for UofL faculty, staff and students with a valid ID, open when the rest of the library closes at midnight. Also in the library are the Copyright permission office, the University Writing Center, the McConnell Center for Political Leadership, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, the Anne Braden Institute, and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice.

Margaret Bridwell Art Library

The Art Library has more than 87,000 volumes, subscribes to 339 journals, museum bulletins, and media. It provides access to electronic and print indexes. The library collections support the programs of the Fine Arts Department.

Included in the Art Library are a rare book collection, a group study room for watching videos or viewing slides and a scanner for making color copies. Art Library books circulate only to faculty and to graduate students in the Fine Arts Department and the Expressive Therapies program. For more information see:

Kornhauser Health Sciences Library

The Kornhauser Library, located in the downtown health sciences center, meets the information needs of the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. It serves as Regional Resource Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and is a significant resource for the health sciences community of the Louisville metropolitan area and the western half of Kentucky.

Founded in 1837, the Kornhauser Library provides databases of the biomedical literature, electronic texts and journals, educational tools, and other medical information resources. The library’s collection includes over 250,000 volumes and 1,570 journal subscriptions as well as e-journals. The historical collection includes information on health care in Kentucky and the Trans-Appalachian West. Additional information can be found at:

Law Library

The library of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law contains more than 239,000 volumes and microforms, emphasizing primary and secondary resources in United States law as well as 5,420 journal subscriptions. Special collections include the papers and correspondence of U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Marshall Harlan and Louis D. Brandeis. The library is a selective depository for federal government documents, and a hardcopy depository for U.S. Supreme Court records and briefs. For more information see:

Dwight Anderson Music Library

The Music Library houses one of the largest music collections in the State of Kentucky. Founded in 1947, the library’s mission has been to provide materials in support of the curriculum of the School of Music and the research of its faculty. Total holdings exceed 116,000 volumes, and 277 journal subscriptions. The Listening Area offers state of the art audio and video equipment, complete with compact disc players, cassette decks, and videocassette and DVD players. The sound recording collection exceeds 28,000 items. Special collections include The Traipsin’ Woman (Jean Thomas) Collection, the Isidore Philipp Archive and Memorial Library, and the Hattie Bishop Speed Collection. The collection of sheet music about Louisville is the most extensive in the region. Noteworthy are a collection of over four hundred eighteenth and early nineteenth century prints and manuscripts from the noble Ricasoli family of Tuscany and the Grawemeyer music composition collection. For more information see:

University Archives and Records Center

The University Archives are a research repository of national significance. It contains primary sources relating to the university, Louisville, and the nation. It collects, preserves, and makes available for research, historical manuscripts, oral history interviews, and other primary research materials, and thus serves as a research laboratory for humanists, social scientists and others from the area, the US and other countries. Its Collections include nineteenth and twentieth century records of area businesses, cultural organizations, social service agencies, and churches; and personal papers of politicians, scholars, members of the Jewish and African-American communities, and women. For more information see:

Information Technology Services

UofL's Information Technology unit (IT) provides a variety of technology-based services in support of the university’s students, faculty and staff. IT also supports the instruction and research missions of the university by providing imaging and television services, graphical design, copy and printing services. Additional information concerning Information Technology services can be found on the IT web pages at:

Information Technology provides a wide range of services through iTech Xpress, an online store for university students, faculty and staff with a store location in the Miller Information Technology Center (lower Level). iTech Xpress offers discounted software and downloads, computers, copy services, mobile broadband loaner cards, and computer repair.

In addition to iTech Xpress in the Miller IT Center, two copy center locations (Ekstrom Library and the Dental School) provide photocopying, high-speed duplicating, and document preparation services with a wide variety of finishing options. The copy centers support preparation and distribution of instructional packets for faculty.

Information Technology supports enterprise administrative and academic applications, such as student administration, human resources, financial, library, database, portal and other applications and provides integrated E-mail and calendars for faculty, staff, and students using Novell GroupWise. All email at UofL is protected from spam and viruses by extensive filtering processes. The university portal, ULink, provides students, faculty, and staff with access to a wide range of information and services. The Blackboard learning system is widely used to support instruction and provides an online community.

A variety of computing centers and labs are located on campus for the convenience of students. The primary computing centers are located in the Miller Information Technology Center and the College of Business on the Belknap Campus, in the School of Nursing Building on the Health Sciences campus, and in Burhans Hall on the Shelby Campus. Together, these centers provide several hundred public workstations for access to academic software, UofL information and the Internet. Additional public workstations in high-traffic locations provide access to E-mail. A 24 hour helpdesk (852-7997) is available to assist student with technology questions and issues.

The University has extensive networking, including an 8 gigabit campus backbone network, a high-speed intercampus fiber network, cable TV, microwave, and IP video networks. Telephone services are provided through a Voice over IP (VoIP) system, including phones in the residence halls. A satellite uplink connects to Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Star Channels system, and the University is a member of KET.

The University has access to high speed Internet service through the KPEN (Kentucky Postsecondary Education Network) and is an active member of Internet2. Wireless Internet service is widely available across Belknap and Health Sciences campuses with access in scheduled classrooms and many public areas.

Academic Support Services

Athletic Academic Services

This office provides academic support for all students involved in the University’s intercollegiate athletic programs. The academic performance of all student athletes is monitored during the semester as well as their progress toward graduation. A liaison is maintained with the faculty through close collaboration with the Committee on Academic Performance. Services offered include academic counseling, tutoring, objective based study hall programs, and referral to other university offices to ensure that student athletes are informed about career planning, job placement, and other available resources.


Resources for Academic Achievement (REACH) is the university's central undergraduate academic support unit. The Welcome Center includes an Information Desk and study lounge, as well as offices for the REACH Ambassador Peer Mentoring Program. The REACH Learning Resource Center offers seminars as well as tutoring environments in most 100- and 200-level courses.

The Math Resource Center provides walk-in tutoring services for mathematics courses at the 100- and 200-level. The Computer Resource Center provides university computer services, PCs and multimedia editing equipment, as well as individual guidance in the use of supported software applications. Academic Development Specialists provide intrusive advising for at-risk students. All REACH services are housed in Strickler Hall and are available to University of Louisville students without charge.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center at the University of Louisville assists UofL students and alumni in the process of exploring, deciding, and managing their unique career goals during college and after graduation. Whether a freshman or a senior, a graduate student or alumnus it is never too early nor too late to begin the process of investing in your future. You can rely on UofL career programs and services to help develop the career management knowledge and skills you need to be competitive in today's workplace.

How we can help?

  • Individualized Career Counseling

    Career Coaches are available to assist with choosing or changing majors, assessing abilities, interests and values, clarifying career goals, writing a resume or cover letter, preparing for interviews, conducting a job search, or preparing to attend graduate school. Each Coach is assigned to one of the schools or colleges of the university, so they know the academic programs of study and are uniquely qualified to help because they understand the career opportunities within each specific field and/or area of interest.

  • Experiential Education through Internships and Cooperative Education Opportunities

    Gain “real world” work experience related to your major while still in school through a part-time job, an internship or a cooperative education assignment. Visit our office to learn more about how to participate and let us help you make the connections necessary for success.

  • On-line Career Resources available 24/7

    Visit the newly updated Career Development Center webpage to learn more about what career development programs, services and resources are available at

  • On-Campus Interviews with nationally ranked employers

    The on-campus recruiting program provides the opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employers while interviewing for professional entry level and cooperative education positions with national and international organizations from across the country.

  • On-line Portfolio Services

    Through Reference Now, house on-line your references, transcripts, performance evaluations, and even portfolio information for a minimal fee. All materials are available to potential employers and/or graduate schools 24/7 - A must have on-line tool for today's savvy job seeker.

  • Opportunities to network with employers

    The UofL Career Development Center also hosts several career and information fairs throughout the academic year, providing you the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities and find employment. This is a great way to begin learning how to network and start building a list of professional contacts, obtain opportunities to interview with a wide variety of organizations, and possibly obtain a job offer.

  • On-line Management of your Job Search through Symplicity

    Utilizing Symplicity, your personal career management system, browse thousands of on and off-campus part-time, work study, full-time, internship, cooperative education and/or summer positions, posted by employers wanting to hire UofL students and grads. Visit to login and create your account today.

  • Customized Presentations on a wide variety of topics related to Career Management

    Upon request, the Career Development Center will provide your class or organization with a tailored presentation on Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, Cooperative Education, How to Conduct Your Job Search, or even a Career Services Overview. Just let us know what you want to know and we'll be there. The Career Development Center also offers an on-going series of programs available each semester. Watch for the upcoming schedule of informative presentations at

  • Graduate School Information

    If you are interested in going on to Graduate school, the UofL Career Development Center can assist you with the selection and application process and helping to develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage a successful grad school application process.

How to get started?

Make an appointment with one of our Career Coaches today by calling 852-6701. We will meet with you, assess your career development needs, orient you to our services and help you develop a plan of action.

Where are we located?

UofL Career Development Center, Houchens Building LL04/03 or on-line at

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center’s mission is to assist students in securing timely and appropriate responses to personal, educational, psychological and developmental concerns. Time-limited individual counseling, group counseling, and referral services are provided at no charge. Psychiatric services are also available after counselor referral. All currently enrolled students are eligible for the Center’s services. All counseling and testing are completely confidential to the limits provided by law. The Center provides information on mental health issues through a variety of outlets including the distribution of pamphlets, on-line at our website and as a part of psycho-ducational programs offered in the residence halls and across campus.

Commuter Student Services (CSS)

CSS serves as an advocate for the adult/commuter student attempting to balance educational, family, and employment obligations and is open in the evenings until 6pm. Services are offered in room 105, Davidson Hall. Special services are extended to students desiring to initiate or return to college, to complete a degree, or to take a few courses for personal interest. CSS also provides on-going assistance to the adult and commuter student having difficulties attending college. It serves as a “home base” to students with a social lounge, computer lab and a quiet student lounge.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center coordinates services and programs for students and prospective students with disabilities. Accommodations and support services are individualized, depending on the needs of each student. Services and programs are designed to assure access for qualified students with disabilities to all programs and activities of the university Students are strongly encouraged to make early contact with the Disability Resource Center to assure adequate time to implement support services. Please contact the Disability Resource Center at (502)852–6938 or visit our web page at

Student Health and Insurance

The University of Louisville offers a major medical insurance plan to meet student health care needs. This plan is a major medical and hospitalization plan which has coverage for both inpatient and outpatient services. Similar to an HMO, the Health Services Office serves as the primary care provider and a referral is necessary for most services rendered outside of the Student Health Services.

Purchase of the Plan provides coverage for physician visits at the Health Services Office (HSO), which has two clinical locations. Dependents of insured students are eligible for the benefits for an additional premium. Insured spouses are eligible for coverage at the Health Service Office facilities. Children under the age of 18 are not eligible for the Health Services benefit and cannot be seen in the Health Services Office. For more information and appointments, please call the Belknap Office at (502) 852-6479 or the HSC Office at (502) 852-6446 or go to the website at The Insurance Advocate can be reached at (502) 852-6519.

Testing Services

This office serves as a National and University testing agency. Campus testing includes: UL Faculty make-up exams, placement exams (Math); test-out exams (CLEP); Correspondence exams and CIS 100. There are over 50 national exams including the ACT, SAT, and LSAT. Also a Prometric center for computerized exams such as GRE, MCAT, and TOEFL. Registration materials are available in Testing Services, (Davidson Hall, 310), at the information booths or through the ACCESS office. The web address is:

Ideas to Action

Ideas to Action: Using Critical Thinking to Foster Student Learning and Community Engagement is the University of Louisville’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as required by its accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Ideas to Action (I2A) is the University’s multi-year initiative to promote meaningful transformation of our undergraduate programs through intentionally connecting and sharing learning outcomes and curricular enhancements in order to foster students' critical thinking skills and promote community engagement in academic, co-curricular and real-world contexts. For more information, visit the I2A website:

ULtra: the University of Louisville Transfer Program

The ULtra Program combines the commitment and resources of the University of Louisville (UofL), Jefferson Community and Technical Colleges (JCTC), the Kentucky Community and Technical College system (KCTCS) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPCS) so that all Kentucky students have access to a baccalaureate degree.

ULtra is a program for students who choose, or who are advised by University of Louisville Admissions, to begin their academic career at Jefferson Community and Technical College (or any KCTCS institution) before transferring to UofL to complete a Bachelor’s degree. These students are encouraged to complete an Associate’s degree before transfer but may transfer after completing 24 college credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (GPA requirements for some degree programs may be higher.). ULtra is located on the JCTC campuses and provides transfer specific advising for UofL degree programs, connections to UofL, mentoring and other opportunities before transfer, assistance with the transfer process and support after transfer. Students interested in the University of Louisville Transfer Program can learn more about programs, transfer coursework and opportunities by visiting the Ultra website at or by calling (502)213-4582.

JCTC and UofL also work collaboratively to address the needs of students who are admitted to UofL in good standing but who need some developmental coursework.

  • Additional contact information:

    Dr. Kathleen Mandlehr

    Jefferson Education Center, Suite 800

    200 West Broadway

    Louisville, KY 40202

    (502) 213-4562

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