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Virtual Library-

One of the most exciting developments in provision of library services in many years (ever?) is the launch of the Kentucky Virtual Library—a catalogue of databases available to any cardholder in a public or academic library in the state. The web site  provides access to the sort of data formerly only available through expensive subscriptions or through research at large universities. The best attribute of the Internet—the provision of information on an equal basis, regardless of geography or economic status—is manifest in KVL.

The basic mission of KVL:

Kentuckians will have equitable access to quality library and information resources and qualified, well-trained staff to support the Virtual University as well as meet broader needs for learning, working and living.


1.  To work collaboratively to effectively manage the programs and services of a Virtual Library.

2.  To enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of resource sharing among Kentucky libraries by utilizing current and emerging technologies.

3.  To ensure universal access to a robust statewide telecommunications network with adequate bandwidth to support the delivery of multimedia information resources and services

4.  To increase access to available electronic resources through cooperative statewide licensing agreements

5.  To provide a core collection of digital information resources at lower per unit cost to enhance teaching, learning, research and public services

6.  To prepare students, faculty and staff of Kentucky's educational institutions and the citizens of the Commonwealth to be full participants in today's information-based global economy and in the life-long learning process by providing services to develop information literacy.

KVL Databases

To access the KVL databases while in the library, no passwords are needed. Ask a librarian to show you the link. However, you are welcome to access KVL from home! You will need passwords for KVL’s main page, and should you wish to access the Ebsco databases or the FirstSearch databases directly through their URLs (available on the library home page), there are also passwords for those. These passwords are available to any person who holds a library card from the Bell Co. Public Library System. We may hand them to you upon presentation of your library card, or may give them over the phone once your library card has been verified.

What will you find at KVL?  The main URL for KVL is:   Go there to see descriptions of the various databases (full text magazine articles, catalogues for various Kentucky libraries, abstracts and citations, etc.)  Also, explore NoveList  and Grolier Encyclopedia.


Bell Co. Public Library District
Middlesborough Branch--126 S. 20th St., Middlesboro KY 40965-3677   606-248-4812
Pineville Branch--214 Walnut St., Pineville KY 40977-1490  606-337-3422