Christmas borrowing, opening hours, & SCONUL access

Posted on 21 November 2017

Over the Christmas vacation, borrowing times and recall periods will be longer. The Library will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year's Day. If you're away from the University, the SCONUL access scheme allows you to use resources at other universities.


During the Christmas vacation, our flexible loans system will operate as follows:

  • 7 days to return an item if a request is placed
  • 7 days to collect a requested item once returned
  • 7 days borrowing period if there is a queue of requests

Note that the flexible loans service applies to all loan items, with the exceptions of Key Texts.

Recalls and due dates

All items are subject to recall throughout the vacation, but we don't use due dates between Saturday 23 December and Tuesday 2 January: items that would otherwise have become due within those dates will be due for return on Wednesday 3 January.

Our request system still operates throughout the Christmas vacation, but will be adjusted as follows:

  • You'll be given 7 days to return any items requested during the vacation, from Saturday 2 December onwards (unless it's due sooner)
  • Items requested from Friday 15 December will be due back on Wednesday 3 January

If an item is recalled during the vacation, you don't have to visit us to return it. Post it back to us, and we'll use the date of posting as the return date.

Please get in touch if you have a problem or question, but remember that we won't respond to phone or email enquiries between Saturday 23 December and Monday 1 January inclusive:

Christmas and New Year opening hours


The University Library will be closed:

  • 2.30pm Sunday 24 December to 8.00am Wednesday 27 December
  • 2.30pm Sunday 31 December to 8.00am Tuesday 2 January

The King's Manor Library will be closed:

  • 5.00pm Friday 22 December to 9.00am Tuesday 2 January

The York Minster Library will be closed:

  • 3.00pm Friday 22 December to 9.00am Monday 8 January. (The week beginning Monday 1 January is a collection development week: Library staff will be working but the building is closed to the public).

Self-service hours

With the exception of the closed periods above, the University Library will be open on a self-service basis from 7.00pm Friday 22 December until 9.00am Tuesday 2 January. Please remember that you will need your University card to enter the Library when open.

Normal opening hours

Libraries will be open as normal during the rest of the vacation:

Library delivery service

The last delivery to King's Manor and the Minster Library will be made on the morning of Friday 22 December and requests should be made by 4.00pm on Thursday 21 December. The delivery service will resume on Wednesday 3 January for any items requested between Friday 22 December and Wednesday 3 January.

Using online resources and other university libraries

Subject guides and e-resources

You can still access ejournals, databases and ebooks while you're away from campus, through the Library website. Subject guides give you information about key online resources for your subject.

Using other university libraries

The SCONUL access scheme enables you to use the resources of other university libraries over the vacation, on production of your University card. If you're an undergraduate, you can use the libraries for reference. If you're a postgraduate, you may also be able to borrow items. Find out more: