Library locations & opening hours

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The following buildings and areas make up the University Library:

  • JB Morrell Library
  • Harry Fairhurst Building
  • Raymond Burton Library
  • King's Manor Library
  • York Minster Library
  • Borthwick Institute for Archives

For information about study spaces within these buildings and elsewhere, please see:

For information about our resources and collections, including where to find them, please see:

JB Morrell

About the JB Morrell Library

JB Morrell Library opening hours

The Library is open 24 hours a day, 362 days of the year.

Opening times are split into full service hours and self-service hours.

Find out what you can and can't do during these hours:

The Library houses collections to support your study and research in all subject areas.

The resources we provide include:

  • More than 1 million print books
  • Print journals
  • Electronic journals and books
  • Databases which index thousands more journals
  • DVDs, videos, CDs and tapes
  • Microfilms of early and specialist printed sources
  • Music scores, maps, theses by York students and other specialist resources
  • Collections of rare and valuable items

 

Floor plans

View the location of subject resources, study areas, PCs and other facilities:

About John Bowes Morrell

The Library is named after John Bowes Morrell, a former Lord Mayor of York and a leading figure in the local movement to establish a university in York.

Harry Fairhurst

About the Harry Fairhurst Building

About Harry Fairhurst

Harry Fairhurst was the first librarian at the University of York.

He was the fourth person to be employed by the University and began work before the Library had actually been built.

The Harry Fairhurst Building is open 24/7, 362 days a year.

The building offers a welcoming and stimulating environment for learning and research, and provides over 500 study spaces across three floors.

Find out more about studying in the Harry Fairhurst Building:

These areas include easy access to power sockets and there is wifi throughout the building.

To access the Harry Fairhurst Building, enter through the JB Morrell Library and continue left through the link corridor.

Books can be taken into the Fairhurst Building from the Library without the need to check them out.

Floor plans

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Study skills help

The Harry Fairhurst is home to the Writing Centre and the Maths Skills Centre.

Postgraduate space

The following areas on the second floor of the Harry Fairhurst Building are available for postgraduates:

  • The Research Study is a specialist study area for postgraduates.
  • The Research Lounge is next to the Research Study, and provides an informal space for postgraduates to study or relax.

Research Hotel

A Research Hotel is provided on the second floor of the Fairhurst Building. This is a suite of bookable rooms that visiting academic staff or researchers can reserve for their exclusive use as temporary areas for working.

Each room has power, wifi, a phone and a desk. The hotel concept does not extend to the provision of sleeping arrangements, but does offer use of the Research Lounge.

Booking a room in the Research Hotel

To book a room, email the Library Administration Team with the following details:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The reason for your stay (eg why you're visiting the University, what your research entails)
  • The dates you would like the room

There is no charge for using the Research Hotel.

Charges will be made for telephone calls to external numbers.

Raymond Burton

About the Raymond Burton Library for Humanities Research

Raymond Burton Library opening hours

The Raymond Burton Library is open 24 hours a day, 362 days a year.

Collections housed in the Raymond Burton Library include:

  • the 18th Century microfilm collection
  • the Elton collection of history books
  • the Humanities Research reference collection

All the material in this library is for reference use only.

Access the Raymond Burton Library via the JB Morrell Library - enter through the main doors and turn right.

Floor plans

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Studying in the Raymond Burton Library

The Reading Room and Silent Study Room for Researchers provide an attractive and conducive working environment.

For more information on study areas in the Raymond Burton Library, see:

About Raymond Burton

Raymond Burton was a businessman and philanthropist, and an active supporter of the University.

The Raymond Burton Library was officially opened in September 2003 and was jointly funded by the University and a generous benefaction from the Raymond Burton Charitable Trust.

Raymond Burton joked that he needed the Library to house his own extensive collection of books, playbills and manuscripts relating to Yorkshire.

King's Manor

About the King's Manor Library

King's Manor Library opening hours

Term time

Monday - Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm
Sunday: closed

Vacation

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

The Library is closed between Christmas & New Year, and on all public holidays except the May Bank Holidays, when it is open normal term time hours.

The King's Manor Library houses collections relating to:

  • architecture
  • building planning
  • conservation of historic architecture
  • gardening & landscape design
  • heritage management
  • history of architecture & building
  • stained glass
  • town planning

It also has smaller collections on the medieval period, archaeology and the "long" eighteenth century, plus photographs and a large collection of slides.

Books and journals

All items are listed on YorSearch, except the slide and photograph collections.

You can request items from the JB Morrell Library to be delivered to the King's Manor Library (and vice versa) via our book delivery service.

You can return flexible loan books from the JB Morrell Library to the King's Manor Library and vice versa.

The King's Manor journals can be consulted in the Library, but can't be borrowed.

Key Texts

There is a small Key Texts Collection to support some of the postgraduate courses taught at King's Manor.

About the King's Manor

A Grade I listed building, the King's Manor has played host to royalty - Henry VIII, Charles I and James I have all stayed there.

The building was surrendered as headquarters of the Council of the North following the English Civil War (1642-1651). Since then it has been used as residential apartments, as the Yorkshire School for the Blind and by the local council before being leased to the University of York in 1963.

It is currently home to the Department of Archaeology, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Medieval Studies.

King's Manor bookdrop

When the King's Manor Library is closed, but the building is open, it is possible to return items via the bookdrop.

The bookdrop is the large brass letter box, located in the door to the right of the Library entrance.

Items returned via the bookdrop will be returned from your account when the Library next opens.

Photographs and slides

These cover medieval art and architecture, especially stained glass.

  • Photographs are for reference only.
  • Slides may be borrowed for seminars by students but otherwise are for reference only.

If you have any questions relating to slides, you can be submit them to the Digital Library team via LibAnswers.

Microfilms

There are a number of early English newspapers on microfilm, as well as 17th and 18th century women's journals, advice books and almanacs, which are for reference only.

The Library has a microform reader/printer which will read and print from fiche and film in both 16mm and 35mm formats. Costs are 20p for A4 and 30p for A3. Payment is by University Library photocopy card which can be purchased from Library staff.

Photocopying, printing and scanning

There is a York Print Plus multifunction device available for printing, copying and scanning.

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York Minster

About the York Minster Library

York Minster Library opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: closed

Special Collections & Archives appointments

Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.45pm

York Minster Library is the largest cathedral library in the country, with a collection of some 120,000 volumes. Over 25,000 of these were printed before 1801, including 115 incunabula.

The main subject coverage of the books in the Library is:

  • theology (all periods)
  • history (particularly ecclesiastical)
  • art and architecture (particularly ecclesiastical, and especially stained glass)
  • religious literature (all periods)
  • York and Yorkshire

York Minster Library is located in the Old Palace, based in Dean's Park on the north side of York Minster.

History of York Minster Library

Following a bequest of some 35 volumes in 1414, the Minster's book collection has grown through the centuries thanks both to new benefactions and active collecting.

By 1810 it had grown so much that new premises were needed, and the Library moved to the restored chapel of the former archbishop's palace, to the north of the Minster (The Old Palace).

Borrowing

  • University of York staff and students may borrow from the Minster Library.
  • Members of the public can apply to the Minster Library for a borrower's ticket for which there is an annual fee.
  • University of York staff and students can request items from the Minster Library to be delivered to the University Library via our book delivery service.
  • The Minster Library uses the University of York's flexible loans policy, including the loan periods and overdue fees.
  • Minster library loans are now part of the total University loan count. Please see the Borrowing page to find out how many items you can take out.

Returning

  • You can return Minster Library items to the University Library or the King's Manor Library.
  • You can also return items borrowed from the University Library and the King's Manor Library to the Minster Library.

Renewing

  • You can renew Minster Library items via YorSearch.

Requests

  • Items on loan can be requested online.
  • Any requested items will need to be returned to the Minster Library within 7 days.
  • When the item is returned you will be notified that the item can be collected from the Minster Library.

Special Collections

Any item location marked "York Minster Library Special Collections" on the catalogue can be consulted by appointment.

Appointments must be booked at least one working day in advance, by email to library@yorkminster.org.

Please bring ID (University Card is acceptable) to register as a reader, and each time you wish to view items.

Photocopying

Copying charges

  • A4: 20p
  • A3: 30p

The Minster Library has a single black and white copier and is not connected to York Print Plus.

It is self-service and cash-only. Please ask at the Library Office (first floor Reading Room).

No Special Collections, pamphlet or pre-1900 item can be photocopied. The rest of the collection can be photocopied but we reserve the right to refuse if an item is in a poor condition or at risk of damage.

Photography

You can photograph items in the collection yourself, subject to copyright and other conditions. Different types of photography permits are available to suit your requirements:

  • £1 per image
  • £10 per day
  • £25 for 5 day permit (valid for one year)

More details are available on the York Minster website:

Facilities

The Reading Room is open to the public, Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm. You do not need an appointment to come and work here.

Two wifi networks are available: eduroam which can be used by members of participating universities (including University of York) and CityConnect which is available to all. Find out how to connect:

The Reading Room Library catalogue computers cannot be used as desktop PCs or for access to external sites, email or e-resources.

The Minster Library also has one room available to groups of students and lecturers.

The Old Library can accommodate approximately 15 - 20 people, and it is a great environment for lectures and groups. Please contact the Minster Library (library@yorkminster.org) to discuss using this room.

York Minster Archives

The Old Palace also houses York Minster Archives, which contains York Minster's manuscripts and records which can be consulted via appointment.

University of York staff and students can obtain a free one-year reader's ticket on production of a valid University card.

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Borthwick Institute

About the Borthwick Institute for Archives

William Borthwick

The Borthwick Institute for Archives was so named because the Trustees under the will of the late William Borthwick of Bridlington agreed to use his large legacy as an endowment for the new Institute in 1953.

The Borthwick Institute's collection includes archives from around the world, from the 12th century to the present day.

They also provide access to the Library's Special Collections of rare and valuable items.

Visiting the Borthwick Institute for Archives

The Borthwick Institute is accessed via the JB Morrell Library - enter through the main doors and turn right. 

It is open to the public.

For more information, including opening hours, please see: