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

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am to 5pm

Wednesday: 10am to 5pm

Thursday: 10am to 5pm

Friday: 10am to 5pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday: Closed



Image of the front of York Explore Library and Archive


Essential building work at York Explore Library


Essential building work at York Explore Library

Work will begin on the 21st September to replace the slate roof of York Explore, this work is essential to maintain the fabric of the building.  The work is scheduled to last approximately 10 weeks.   During this time we anticipate some disruption, including noise particularly in the Archives and Local History area on the first floor.  We thank you for your patience during the scheduled work.

We are now open for drop-in browsing, borrowing and computer use, but we won’t be holding any in-person activities such as story times or reading groups yet.

Our Local and Family History rooms are open, but you will need to book ahead so we can ensure safe social distancing.

Our cafe is open serving freshly prepared snacks and a selection of drinks.

The Archives reading room re-opens in October for pre-booked visits.

We have a lift giving access to the first floor.

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.

Manager: Barbara Swinn
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