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, but booking is essential so please contact us in advance.

Book a space in the reading room at York Explore.

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

Essential building works March 2021

Essential repairs to the roof of Explore York Library began on 22 March for approximately 12 weeks. Scaffolding is needed at the front of the building and we regret that the accessible parking bays on Library Square are suspended for the whole of this period. 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 disabled customers may prefer to use another library. Acomb and Tang Hall libraries both have accessible parking. Just contact us to change your pick-up library and we will arrange for items to be sent there. 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).

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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