Your Future Libraries – our Capital Development Programme

Explore has an exciting future ahead. We will work with you – our library and archive customers, local residents, partners, and communities – to transform the library service from the one you see today.

You know that Explore spaces in your local area are safe, welcoming and accessible. We know from listening to you that you would like more services available locally.

• You need a place to sit and enjoy a cup of tea alone or with friends.
• You want the latest books and information.
• You want to use a PC for free with people around to help if you need them.
• You want to be able to be creative with other people in your community.
• You want to get involved with Explore as a volunteer or joining a Friends groups.

We want to work with you to create your libraries shaped by your needs. Our successful, new co-located libraries in Tang Hall and in New Earswick will be the pattern for renewing our libraries in the communities of York

We have been working with City of York Council and to secure funding for transformations at Clifton, Haxby and Wigginton and Acomb:


After speaking to you during 2021, we know that 91% of you were happy with the proposal to move the library down the road from its current location on Rawcliffe Drive to the former Clifton Without Junior School. The £5m redeveloped site will be a fantastic new community space with a large library, reading café, great spaces both inside and out for meeting with friends or just sitting and reflecting.

Our community partners Snappy, City of York Council’s Home Tuition Service, Accessible Arts and Media and York Learning will all be based with us in the Explore Centre and we are working together as we develop the new space.

You can find out more about how things are moving along, and how to keep in touch with next steps by clicking the Clifton Proposals button below

Haxby and Wigginton

We will be co-locating Haxby Library at Oaken Grove Community Centre and working with the centre’s trustees to refurbish and extend the existing building. Work is due to start in Spring/Summer 2022, and we are hoping to be open by Autumn 2022. As well as ample space for a fabulous library, we will also be opening a Reading Café at the centre.

You can find out more about how things are moving along, and how to keep in touch with next steps by clicking the Haxby and Wigginton Proposals button below


The Explore Centre on Front Street, Acomb is already well known and loved as being a lively hub on at the heart of the community. Towards the end of 2022 we will start conversations with you to hear your thoughts for how we might improve Acomb Explore further. It was our first Explore Centre and was last refurbished back in 2007.