Visitors are welcome to use the Library.
Access to the building is via card activated turnstiles. If you don't have a University Card (issued to staff and students), you'll need to go to the Library reception desk when you arrive.
If you would like to use the Library on a more long-term basis (eg more than a month), please ask for a long-term access card at the Library Help Desk.
You'll be issued with a temporary card which will allow you to enter the Library for the day.
Access to books, journals, theses etc
There are Library Catalogue PCs on each floor of the Library which you can use to search for books, journals, theses, and microfilms.
You can also search the catalogue from home:
You won't be able to take books out of the Library building unless you're a member.
If you're visiting the University Library, either on the main campus or at King's Manor, you can use the York Print Plus devices for photocopying by purchasing a photocopying card:
Access to e-resources
You can use the Walk-in Access service to view most of our electronic resources free of charge on the Library premises, as long as they are used for educational purposes.
For more information, please see:
Members of institutions participating in eduroam can connect to eduroam on our wireless network.
Other visitors can select CityConnectWiFi and follow the instructions to log-on.
We support the University's key initiatives for Widening Participation.
For the full programme of outreach activities organised by the University, including research visits to the University Library, please see:
If you're a school group who would like to use the Borthwick Institute for Archives, please contact Amanda Jones to arrange a visit.
If you're a school pupil, you are welcome to come and use the Library to help with your homework.
If you are using the Library for research you can ask about joining the Library for a fee, if you can demonstrate the need to use it.
For more information and to request to join, please get in touch:
Don't forget, you can also use the Borthwick Institute for Archives which has considerable resources on local and familial history as well as other interesting information such as nineteenth and twentieth century social records, and York history.
The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) represents all university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
The SCONUL Access scheme allows the users of other member libraries to borrow or use books and journals at the University of York Library.
Use COPAC to search across UK libraries to see who holds the material you need.
If you are a student from another university you can come and use our resources, but if you would like to take books out you must apply to your home university library for a SCONUL Access card.
You will be able to access most of our electronic resources free of charge on the Library premises, as long as they are used for educational purposes.
For further information, please see:
A Research Hotel is provided on the second floor of the Harry 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.
To book a room in the Research Hotel:
Email the Library admin 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.