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

Opening hours from 12 April 2021. The Archives will open from 26 April 2021.

Monday 9am to 4pm
Tuesday 9am to 4pm
Wednesday 9am to 4pm
Thursday 9am to 4pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday Closed


York Explore Library and Archive Exterior


From 12 April 2021 all our libraries are open for drop-in and browsing. You may wish to consult reference items available only at York. If this is the case, please contact us and we will send them to your preferred library (there will be no charge for this).

The PCs are available. Please use our booking webpage to book a session.  You’ll need your library card number and PIN to log in.  Alternatively you can book by contacting your preferred library.

Study spaces are available, but booking is essential so please contact your preferred library

Book a space in the reading room at York Explore.

Covid safety measures including face coverings and social distancing are in place at all sites.

Essential building works March to June 2021

The next stage of essential repairs to the roof of Explore York Library will begin from 22 March for 12 weeks. We will need to erect scaffolding at the front of the building for the whole of this period and we regret that the accessible parking bays on Library Square will be suspended. 7 accessible parking bays are available nearby on Duncombe Place outside the Dean Court Hotel. Information about accessible parking  in York.

While the works are going on you may prefer to use another library. Acomb and Tang Hall libraries are open during the lockdown and both have accessible parking. Just contact us to change you pick-up library and we will arrange for items to be sent there.

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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