Love your library? So do we. In fact, we are passionate about the importance of everyone being able to have a library service, which is why we are committed to keeping all of our libraries open and a welcoming, friendly paid member of staff each one.

How to Donate

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We know the libraries are an important lifeline for you, so why not help out by donating to support our work?

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You can also support Explore when you shop online – and it won’t cost you a penny!

Just follow the simple steps below.

  1. Register with Easy Fundraising
  2. Choose Explore  York Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited as the cause you wish to support
  3. You can now start shopping online and with every purchase you make, your chosen retailer will make a donation to Explore.

It’s really simple so please think of registering. There’s also an app you can download for your phone which makes it even easier to use.

Why Donate

With the money you donate, we will continue to do the amazing things we do day in day out – helping people get online, bringing people together, letting you explore your history, providing lovely, safe spaces where people can relax and enjoy a good book, providing a whole range of fantastic events for all of the family, providing information to help you with whatever life puts in the way and just giving you access to a massive range of fabulous books, so you can escape into another world. Because we all need that sometimes.

And that’s not just what we think, here’s what some of our customers say about what we do:

In moving from Kent to Yorkshire 2 years ago at the age of 90 I found the library a life saver. The welcoming and friendliness made all the difference in helping me settle.
Customer, Copmanthorpe

It is my 100 year old mother who is the library member who is an avid reader. Family visit regularly and a visit to the library is part of visiting routine to change books for my mother and access the internet on Ipads etc.
Customer, Acomb

This library is a great community resource and offers many different services and support for people in this community. It enriches and nurtures a well rounded and informed community.
Customer, Bishopthorpe

The Library is a great place to meet people, learn new skills and find out what’s happening in the local community.
Customer, Huntington.

The library is a vital element in the life of the community and the only social interactive space for many elderly residents.
Customer, Poppleton

Every Thursday for the past year and a half my two and a half year old friend and myself have been coming to the library and cafe. It is also a good, free opportunity to meet people, citizens and tourists from all walks of life, regardless of background or economic status. This library service has been vital in providing a safe/calm place to recover from depression.
Customer, York

I have 2 children and 1 is autistic is very hard to find a place he feel accepted and he feels comfortable in this library and it gives my son what he needs.
Customer, York

Explore is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC for tax purposes.  Thank you for your support.