It’s easy to find our archives and local history area on the first floor of York Explore Library Learning Centre, just off Museum Street.

We’re just ten minutes’ walk from York railway station, and FirstBus York routes 1 and 2 stop near the entrance.

Once inside the library, just take the stairs from the entrance lobby to the first floor or use the customer lift.

We now have three dedicated areas: the Archives Reading Room, the Family History Room and the Local History Room.  You can also access all the facilities of York Explore, including our cafe and free wifi.

Archives Reading Room

Our Archives Reading Room will be closed from Monday 20th January to Saturday 25th January inclusive, for our closure week.

Please note, no Historical Research exemptions under the Data Protection Act can be granted for the weeks commencing 6th January and 13th January unless provided in advance. Our archivists will be working offsite and will be unable to process Data Protection forms at York Explore during this period.

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Monday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday: Closed

See full information about Visiting the Archives Reading Room.

Family History Room

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Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm

See full information about visiting the Family History Room.

Local History Room

IMG_3610Monday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 8.00pm
Friday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm

See full information about visiting the Local History Room.