During the national lockdown York, Acomb and Tang Hall are open for collecting books and PC use. Our Reading Cafe at Rowntree Park will be open for takeaway. Please check our Explore during lockdown page for detailed information. Our events are all online at the moment - please sign up for regular updates.
Visiting us during Covid-19
Our Archives and Local History Service is currently closed in line with government advice. Staff are working from home, and are able to answer archives-related queries remotely, where possible. Our Paid Research service is currently suspended. Please contact us for further information.
Essential building work at
York Explore Library
Work will begin on 21 September to replace the slate roof of York Explore. This work is essential to maintain the fabric of the building and is scheduled to last approximately 10 weeks. During this time we anticipate some disruption, including noise, particularly in the Archives and Local History area on the first floor. We thank you for your patience during the scheduled work.
Our Archives Reading Room is where you can view original archives from our collections. You can find out more about what we hold on our collections pages or by searching our archives catalogue. If you’re unsure where best to start or how to search our catalogue, see our getting started page for advice.
Our vibrant Family History room has microfilm readers, public network PCs and a range of family history books, including some stock for children.
If you are new to family history, or if you get stuck, we’ve got a selection of books and services to help you. You can find our more on our Family History page. If you are further on with your research, our PCs in this area offer access to a range of family and local history websites, including free access to Ancestry, Find My Past and the British Newspaper Archive.
Our microfilm collection, which consists of a range of council records and local newspapers, is always popular.
Local History Room
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