Keeneland Library – Keeper of racing’s history


A video about the Keeneland Library’s collection from the Daily Racing Form

If you’re in or near Lexington and enjoy horse racing history, swing by Keeneland to checkout the library. You can look up some stories from racing’s past.  Or admire the equine art on display. Or gaze at the sweeping vistas of Bluegrass pastureland from the windows. Or  collect your thoughts far from the roars and stresses of the crowds.

Formerly located in room upstairs from the track gift shop, Keeneland’s Library has had a building of its own since 2002, after it acquired the back library for the Daily Racing Form. (If you saw the video above, you saw what’s going into the process of preserving the archives of the DRF.)

Unlike the Keeneland Library’s previous location, you can’t browse the stacks. It’s set up more like a reading room. Librarians will pull the books or materials you want to see.

Don’t be intimidated by the hush around you. The library is open to the public, and the librarians are eager to help researchers or even the merely curious.

To give you an idea, Laura Hillenbrand used the library to research her famous New York Times best-seller Seabiscuit.

Finding the Keeneland Library

Pull into the main driveway on the grounds. A sign will direct you toward the right,  away from the traffic leading to the clubhouse/grandstand and the sales pavilion.

The library building stands alone on a windy but otherwise quiet knoll. The video below shows the building and gives you a peek inside.

Video I shot of Keeneland’s Library

The Keeneland Library, gift shop and track kitchen are open year-round. Check the Keeneland website for information as to the racing and sales schedules.

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