We offer a rich range of resources for literature students on campus and around the city, as well as specialist research facilities and archives.
In-house printing studio
As a literature student, you'll have the opportunity to experience the relationship between writing and printing through research, teaching and workshops, and the chance to put this into practice in the Thin Ice Press, our very own printing studio.
Our F. R. Leavis Room and Writing Lab provide spaces for students to work, to collaborate, and to take a break between lectures and seminars in Derwent College.
Students have access to a rich variety of resources through the University Library, which is spread across three interconnected buildings. Morrell houses the majority of the library’s collections, including the Poetry Society collection, while Fairhurst is home to the Music and Audiovisual collections and Burton to the University’s Humanities Research collections. In the city centre, students have access to the King’s Manor Library and York Minster Library and Archives.
Festival of Ideas
We partner with the York Festival of Ideas, the annual York Literature Festival, and the biennial York International Shakespeare Festival.
Writers at York
Writers at York is a lively series of readings and creative writing workshops which bring some of the most exciting new voices and established names in contemporary literature to our campus.
Borthwick Institute for Archives
One of the most significant international collections of archives in Britain, the Borthwick Institute offers students the opportunity to get their hands on original documents from the 12th to the 21st centuries.
Humanities Research Centre
A dedicated, interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities research hub for postgraduate students and home to four period-based research centres spanning the early Middle Ages to the present day.
A city rich in literature
York is a fantastic place to study and research literature, boasting rich scholarly resources in a student-friendly and contemporary city. You can immerse yourself in a range of public libraries and archives around York, including: