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Opening hours: The Library is currently open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week.

Finding a space: Use our seating availability chart to see how busy the library is in real time.

On Morrell Floor 2, Fairhurst Floor 1 and Burton Floor 1, you’ll need to book a study space.

On the other floors of the library, and in King’s Manor Library and the Library@Piazza, all the spaces and study rooms are non-bookable. Find out more about Study Spaces and the different Zones in the Library.

A map of the library: View the locations of subject resources, study spaces, PCs and other facilities: Floor plans (PDF , 1,440kb)

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Book Takeaway

Get resources posted or scanned by our Book Takeaway Service.

Resources for your subject

We’ve created a Subject Guide for every Department - find yours for curated lists of resources, useful advice, and the contact details for your Academic Liaison Librarians.

More essential links

Skills Guides: Find training sessions, videos, interactive tutorials and workbooks to develop your digital and information searching skills.

Accessibility Information: An overview of our adjusted services, including loan periods, book retrieval, equipment, and accessing the building.

E-resources Guide: Browse ebook and ejournal collections, and databases.

YorSearch: Search the Library catalogue, check your account and more.

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Latest news

Go on a Virtual Tour of the Library

Friday 23 September 2022

If you're new to York - or even if you're not - watch our Virtual Tour of the Library below. It will tell you about our main campus buildings, about different types of study space, about our Student Kitchen, our Creativity Lab, our Archives, and a lot more.

We’re saying farewell to fines forever!

Wednesday 21 September 2022

When the pandemic began, we suspended all fines for returning books late. The last thing our students and staff needed to worry about during lockdown was trying to get items back to the library. It’s now two and a half years since we made this temporary decision, and that period has effectively been a successful trial for a fine-free library - so we are delighted to announce that we’ve decided to make the change permanent.

Library and Archives services over the funeral bank holiday

Friday 16 September 2022

Monday 19 September has now been designated as a national bank holiday to allow as many people as possible to mark the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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