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York Explore Library and Archive

York's flagship public library and home of the City Archive housed in a beautiful listed building by renowned York architect Walter Brierley.
Location: Library Square, Museum Street, York, YO1 7DS
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York Explore Library 1669149140
About Us

Drop-in, browse and borrow books, use the computers or printers , or make use of our quiet study spaces on the first floor. Discover the history and heritage of York in our internationally important Archive and if you have a question we are always happy to help and advise.

You can chill out in our spacious, family friendly cafe serving delicious coffee and hot drinks, locally made cakes and treats, snacks and light meals. The cafe area doubles as a space to discover new artists with changing exhibitions through the year.

We are an accessible, disabled friendly library. Our customer lift gives access to the first floor study space, Archives. and Local History collection. For full accessibility information check our listing on Accessable.

We want everyone to enjoy our building and feel confident when visiting.

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

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

As well as York Explore we run libraries across the City of York. See our website for full details

Opening Times

Monday - Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 10am to 6pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 11am to 4pm

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