Library Square, York YO1 7DS
Tel: 01904 552 828
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Opening Times

Changes to usual opening hours:

On Thursday 14 November the library will be closing early at 4pm due to an event with author Salley Vickers.

On Wednesday 11 December our libraries and reading cafes will be closed all day for the annual Explore staff conference. No books will be due for return on this date.

Christmas and New Year

  • We will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December 2019.
  • We will be open 9am-5pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 (closing at 4pm),  and Monday 30 December.
  • On New Year’s Eve, Tuesday 31 December 2019 we will close at 1pm.
  • We will open again as normal on Thursday 2 Jan 2020.

Library, Family and Local History Rooms

  • 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

See the cafe page for cafe opening hours and menu, or the archives pages for the reading room opening hours.

This library is closed on bank holidays, but you can use our catalogue website at any time to reserve and renew books, and our e-library to download books and magazines.  Rowntree Park Reading Cafe is open most bank holidays.

See the What’s on page for our programme of talks, exhibitions, activities and events for everyone, whatever your age or interests, or call in to pick up a brochure.

Why not come inside, take a look, and have a chat with our friendly staff?

Challenging York businesses – What will your £90 spark?

The team at York Explore challenged local businesses to donate £90 to mark 90 years since opening. The iconic Walter Brierley designed public library has been in the heart of the city, sparking imaginations and shaping futures for 90 years. With your help we can we can continue to share a unique and vibrant future for York. Find out how you can support us


Manager: Barbara Swinn
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