Explore Libraries are here for you this winter, with warm, welcoming spaces in our 15 libraries across the city.

Find Warm Places in York on the Live Well Services Directory

City of York Council information for residents to help with the cost of living.

Citizen’s Advice York advice, information and support.

Warm and welcoming libraries

the cafe atYork Explore library. A man in the foreground is sitting in a comfortable armchair,reading while he drinks a cup of coffee - he is wearing a lime green jacket and glasses. Behind him are groups of people sitting on sofas and parents with their children looking around the children's library.

Explore libraries are open from early in the morning into the evening.

You can relax, study, meet friends or join in with a range of free and low-cost activities for all ages such as crafting, book groups or board games. 

Our free toy library, under 5 story and play sessions, Lego clubs and events for children all help families make their money go a bit further.

Low-cost hot meals are available at most Explore Reading Cafes.

We have PCs and printers for you to use, and digital support on hand from our knowledgeable and friendly staff. All libraries and cafes have free wifi.

If you need information about cost of living support, or anything else, we’re here to help.