UK Libraries main library, the William T. Young Library, will soon celebrate its 21st birthday. It is recognized as one of the outstanding university library buildings in the United States. Over the past two decades, the library affectionately called "Willie T" by UK students, has become integral to student success.
William T. Young, the library's namesake, was also once a UK student. He was not known as "Willie T," but as "Billy" Young during his student days on campus. An engineering major with a perfect standing in the college and one of the top ranking students in the University Military department, he served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He also was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity.
As a 21 year old UK senior in 1939, the Kentucky Kernel named "Billy" Young "Colonel of the Week" for being elected as UK's official delegate to the ODK National Convention at Washington and Lee University.
Kentucky Kernel, March 24, 1939