The William T. Young Library, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, is named for William T. Young, a prominent local businessman, horse breeder, philanthropist and alumnus of the university, who began fund raising efforts with a donation of $5 million. The facility serves as a central library for the university's social sciences, humanities and life sciences collections and acts as a federal depository and a public library for the state of Kentucky. It holds the record amongst public universities in the nation for the largest book endowment.
The six-story library contains over 1.2 million volumes and can seat over 4,000 patrons; 3,000 of these seats are in open-floor plan regions, with the remainder located in group study rooms. Each seat is equipped or is adjacent to a computer data jack . Initially, there were 600 desktop computers available, three times as many as was in the former Margaret I. King Library, and 40 laptop computers, half of which were wireless utilizing cellular phone access cards.
The lobby features Treuchtlingen marble mined from southern Germany. The layout of the interior is reminiscent of a "building within a building" concept , with a center atrium that houses the administration area on the first floor and reading rooms on the second and fifth floors. The rotunda is surrounded by skylights that give natural light into the central atrium, and features a chandelier that weighs 3,700 lb (1,700 kg). The 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) building has six elevators and all floors are fully handicap accessible. A 150-seat auditorium is located at the University Drive entrance and Ovid's Cafe and Starbucks are located on the east wing of the building.