The Nicholas County Public Library has many services available to our patrons and the community.


Black and White   .25/page         Color   .50/page

The library has a copier that makes black & white and color copies. 


The library offers a scanner to those who wish to send documents, photos, files, etc. to their e-mail. There is no fee. 


Laminating services are available at the library. It is $1/sheet.


Patrons may send or receive faxes in the library. The fax service has a charge of $1.00/page to send or receive. To receive a fax at the library, our fax number is 859.289.4340


Black and White   .10/page          Color     .50/page

Patrons can print from the computers. They can print documents they created on the computer or documents they access via their email or removable storage. 


The Library provides computers and Internet | WiFi access for patrons of all ages. All Windows public access computers are loaded with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher) as well as Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. 


Two (2) Early Literacy Learning Workstations are included in our services. These computers are programmed with more than 40 games that build skills in the area of reading, words and phonics; science and nature; math and problem solving; reference; music and arts; writing and computer skills; and social studies and geography. These colorful, touch-screen computers are great for kids between the ages of 2-12.

Our simple walk-up, sign-in program allows all library card holders in good standing to sign themselves in for a computer. Guests (those who do not have a Library card) can also use the computer. 

Mobile Outreach Services | Bookmobile 

Assists people throughout Nicholas County who need extra help using Library services, including:

  • Home-bound adults and those in nursing or retirement centers
  • Children and young people in day care centers and Head Start programs
  • Disabled community members

Materials available for delivery include large print, hardback, paperback and audio books, as well as back-issue magazines and children's books. If home-bound, a patron's eligibility is at the discretion of the library, due to mileage to and from a home and budgetary constraints. Mobile Outreach is a monthly service. For further information regarding our our Outreach | Bookmobile services, please contact Susan at 289.5595.

Nicholas County Adult Education

If you are interested in learning more about GED, you may visit the Nicholas County Adult Education | MCTC web site here. If you have questions about Adult Education Services, please contact them at 859.289.6861. 

Nicholas County Adult Education provides services such as adult education classes, GED preparation, English as a second language classes, workforce education and reading instruction for eligible Kentuckians. 


Our Genealogy Room contains a wealth of information about Kentucky and Nicholas County. The collection features books on all aspects of Nicholas and surrounding counties, local newspapers, city directories, maps, and state and local government documents, including select census and vital records.

The genealogical resources at the Nicholas County Library include databases, microfilm, and “family files.” These collections are grouped together for ease of use in our Genealogy Room where we have a microfilm reader and computer dedicated solely for genealogical research.

Our “family files” are a unique resource which provide information on local families as well as some Nicholas County churches and historical sites. These files have been compiled and donated by patrons doing family and local history research and the library has not verified the information they contain but anyone visiting our library is welcome to view them and to make copies for personal use. Unfortunately these files are not indexed, cataloged, or available in a digital format.

You may contact Sherry Howard at 859.289.5595 or by email with questions and specific information requests to

Use these FREE resources to discover the story of Nicholas County, the Bluegrass State, or your personal family tree.  

Carlisle Mercury | Nicholas County High School Yearbooks

The Nicholas County Public Library has archived each publication of the Carlisle Mercury since the paper's founding in 1867. You may access these digital documents here. The Mercury continues to publish the happenings of Carlisle and Nicholas County.​​ The NCPL also has a collection of Nicholas County High School yearbooks (1948-present) available online as well as hard copies in our Genealogy Room.

Family Search 

Discover your place in history with Family Search, an easy way to preserve your genealogy online. See what others have contributed, and share your family story. With a Family Search account, a world of family history possibilities comes to life. Start making connections today for FREE.

​Find a Grave

Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and "famous" individuals. Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave.

​Central Kentucky Cemeteries Maps

Created by the Lexington Public Library's Kentucky Room staff and powered by Google Maps.  Maps are available for Nicholas and several surrounding counties. Access the Central Kentucky Cemeteries Maps here.

​National Cemetery Administration

Search for burial locations of veterans  and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

Meeting Rooms

Beginning November 1, 2016, we regret that we will NOT be able to accommodate those who wish to use our facility. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our patrons and the community.

Library meeting rooms are available for non-profit, and community organizations seeking to hold free meetings, trainings, and workshops. The meeting rooms may not be used for direct sales, solicitation, non-library fundraisers, social or celebratory events. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I begin/end my meeting after the Library is closed?

Yes. Meetings may be held after operating hours. If you are interested in holding an event or function after hours, please obtain a key from the front desk. The key MUST be returned immediately following your meeting. 

Can I bring food to my meeting?

Yes, Patrons my bring food and drinks. We do ask that all leftovers be taken with you. 

Can I have a wedding or baby shower in the library?

No. Celebratory events are prohibited in the library.

Can I sell products or charge people to come to a training?

No. All meetings held in Library meeting rooms must be free and the sale of goods and services are prohibited.

Do I have to pay to use a meeting room?

No. The use of our meeting rooms is free.

How do I reserve a room?

Library meeting rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. Non-profit and community organizations may reserve rooms up to 90 days in advance. Individuals wishing to have a private meeting may also reserve rooms in advance or on a walk-in basis. Telephone reservations can be made by calling 859.289.5595


The library offers free notary services. Please bring your government issued photo ID to have your signature notarized. We make every effort to have a notary available during all open hours, but due to scheduling issues, this is not always guaranteed. Please call the library to confirm availability.