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



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

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 library and feel confident when visiting. So when you visit us please remember:

  • From 10 December 2021 – following the government announcement – you are required to wear a face covering in all our libraries, archives and reading cafes.
  • 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

Above all, please be kind to each other and our staff.


What’s on at York Explore

Under 5’s Storytime: Every Thursday 10.30-11.00am, drop-in.


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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