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What is Reference Services?

Most libraries have a place (online or virtual) where you can get help with using library resources.

There are three main types of reference assistance:

  • Assistance or instruction with using the library, including locating materials, using the library catalog, using computers to access information, and using basic reference sources.

  • Assistance identifying library materials needed to answer a question.

  • Providing brief, factual answers to questions, such as addresses, statistics, phone numbers, etc. that can be quickly located.

Reference Help at the Clark County Public Library

We're here to help! Ask your question today.

  • Phone: 859-744-5661

  • Email:

  • Stop by in person! Come to the Reference desk at the Clark County Public Library.  Check our hours before stopping by.

  • Chat! (see below)

Reference materials may be general or subject specific. 

  • General reference sources include all subjects and present overviews of topics. 

  • Subjects specific reference sources provide in-depth coverage on specialized topics.

For larger research projects, schedule a research consultation appointment with a librarian.


The Library offers free Notary Public Services.  Please call the library in advance to make an appointment.


  • DO NOT sign your document in advance; signature must be completed in the presence of a notary.

  • Entire document must be present and completed, except the signature.

  • A valid, government issued photo ID is required.

  • Notary services are limited. Notaries at the Library cannot sign any document not in English. 

  • Please call ahead for availability.

  • Notaries cannot certify the authenticity of a document, provide legal advice or counseling regarding documents.

  • Library staff reserves the right to refuse notary services at his or her discretion.

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