From an enrollment of 273 students in 1876, the University of Kentucky has evolved from an Agricultural and Mechanical school to a state, co-educational, nationally accredited institution composed of 17 colleges, University Extension, and the Graduate School. Currently, the University has an enrollment of more than 25,000 on the Lexington Campus. The University’s programs are offered by over 10,000 faculty and staff.
With the dedication of the Mining and Mineral Resources Building in 1988, of which Mining Engineering occupies nearly one-half, the facilities for mining engineering have become among the most modern in the country. The opportunities for experimentation, research, and graduate study have expanded commensurately with the tripling of the space available. New, digitally controlled testing machines for rock mechanics, pilot-scale-sized ventilation tunnels with remote sensing and computer control of airflow, coal and petrography laboratories, mine electrical laboratory, an environmental laboratory, and an array of computers, connected via the building ethernet network, all come together to support the advanced research needed for modern mining. Inasmuch as the other major tenant of the building is the Kentucky Geological Survey, a tremendous working source is available for research on reserves evaluation and characterization.
Of primary importance among the auxiliary services provided by the University is its system of libraries. Resources of the Renowned William T. Young Library and 12 associate and branch libraries include more than two million volumes and 3.2 million microform units. In terms of numbers of volumes, the University library is one of the top 50 research libraries in the United States. As to microform holdings, it ranks 17th in the nation.
The Robert E. Shaver Library of Engineering, occupying the entire third floor of the College of Engineering’s F. Paul Anderson Tower, is a division of the University’s library system. The library has developed subject strength in such areas as nuclear engineering, mining and energy engineering, air and water pollution control, and materials science, in addition to the basic disciplines of engineering. These subject areas, as well as allied fields, are manifested in the library’s collection of approximately 28,000 volumes. The latest findings of engineering research are reported in over 600 periodical subscriptions in the library.