York Explore Library and Archive

Library Square, York YO1 7DS

Disabled Go access guide
Tel: 01904 552 828

Opening Times

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

Please be aware our lift is currently out of order. The fault has been reported and we are trying to have it back up and running as quickly as we can. While this fault remains please find alternative disabled and baby change facilities on the ground floor, just beyond the children’s library. If you are wishing to visit our archives and local history area and this will be an issue for you please speak with a member of staff and we will do whatever we can to make your visit possible.

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?


  • Cafe open every day for delicious light meals, drinks and homemade cakes.
  • Explore Shop  with a range of items to tempt you
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Books free to borrow – including eBooks and audio books
  • Our Archives and Local History Service
  • Free WiFi
  • Internet access and printing
  • Events! See the What’s On section for all events, or for events at York Explore
  • Free Information: get your questions answered by skilled library staff
  • Quiet space to study or read
  • Fully accessible Changing places toilet

Manager: Barbara Swinn