York Explore Library and Archive

Library Square, York YO1 7DS

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Tel: 01904 552 828

Opening Times

The Library and Archive will be closed on Sunday 3 March and Monday 4 March for essential building works. Thank you for your patience during this time.

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

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