Library Square, York YO1 7DS
Tel: 01904 552 828
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Opening Times

Monday 9am to 8pm

Tuesday 9am to 8pm

Wednesday 9am to 8pm

Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 10am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 11am to 4pm

Christmas Opening Times 2021

Friday 24th Dec – 9am – 1pm

Sat 25th Dec – closed

Sun 26th Dec – closed

Mon 27th Dec – closed

Tues 28th Dec – closed

Weds 29th Dec – 9am – 5pm

Thurs 30th Dec – 9am – 5pm

Fri 31st Dec – 9am – 1pm

Sat 1st Jan – closed

Sun 2nd Jan – closed

Mon 3rd Jan – closed

Tues 4th Jan – all libraries and reading cafes reopen as normal

York Explore Library and Archive Exterior


We’re now open for you to drop-in, browse and borrow – and you don’t need an appointment.

You can use a PC too. Please use our booking webpage to book a session.  You’ll need your library card number and PIN to log in.

Study spaces are available, on the first floor.

Book a space in the reading room at York Explore.

We have a welcoming cafe serving a variety of food and drink.

We want everyone to enjoy our libraries again and feel confident when using them.

So when you visit us please remember:

  • Respect other people’s need for space.
  • Protect each other: Sanitise your hands and choose to wear a face covering in busy spaces.
  • Please avoid visiting us if you are feeling unwell

And, above all, be kind to each other and our staff.


There is a customer lift giving access to the first floor study space, Local History collection and Archives.

What’s on at York Explore

Every Thursday 10.30-11.00am.

Under 5’s Storytime: Limited spaces, please book on Eventbrite.

Getting there

The number 2 and 2a Park and Ride and the First York Buses 5 and 5a stop on Museum Street a minute or two away from the Library.

There are storage spaces for bicycles, but no parking spaces.

Managers: Andy Stanton and Janet Edge

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