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

All libraries will be closed on bank holiday Monday 26 August. The Community Stadium and our reading cafes at Hungate, Rowntree Park and Homestead will remain open.

York Explore Library and Archive Exterior


Drop-in, browse and borrow – you’re sure of a warm welcome!

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

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

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.

If you still love reading. but find it difficult to get to your local library, our Home Library Service offers you the chance to get the books that you love to read delivered straight to your door.

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What’s on at York Explore

All activities are free unless otherwise stated.

Under 5s Storytime:

Every Thursday 10.30-11.00am, drop-in.

Every Friday 10.30-11.00am, drop-in.

Stay & Play:

Every Wednesday 1.00-2.30pm, drop in.

Chess Club: Every Sunday 2.00pm-3.15pm (term-time only) – Open to all ages, free entry, no booking required.

Digital Support Sessions:

Explore Computers: Every Thursday 3pm – 4pm, A one to one computer course for absolute beginners, please book by calling (01904) 552828

Explore the Internet: Every Saturday 10.30am – 11.30am, A five week computer course following on from Explore Computers, please book by calling (01904) 552828

Explore Tablets/Smartphones: Every Thursday 4.30pm – 5.30pm, A one to one course to help beginners to use their smartphone or tablet, please book by calling (01904) 552828

Tech Assist: Every Thursday 6pm – 7pm, A one to one session to help customers complete a specific task on-line, please book by calling (01904) 552828

For the latest news and to find out what’s happening at York Explore Library and Archive follow us on twitter and instagram.


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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