Accessibility statement

Using the Library over Christmas

Posted on 26 November 2019

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.

Contact us

Please get in touch before the Library closes for Christmas if you have a problem or question.

We won't be able to respond to phone or email enquiries between Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January inclusive:


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

  • seven days to return an item if a request is placed
  • seven days to collect a requested item once it has been returned by the previous borrower
  • seven days borrowing period if there is a queue of requests

Recalls and due dates

All items are subject to recall throughout the vacation, but we don't use due dates between Tuesday 24 December and Thursday 2 January: items that would otherwise have become due within those dates will instead be due for return on Friday 3 January.

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

  • You'll be given seven days to return any items requested during the vacation, from Saturday 7 December onwards (unless it's due sooner)
  • Items requested from Tuesday 17 December will be due back on Friday 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.

Library delivery service

The last delivery to King's Manor will be made on the morning of Monday 23 December and requests should be made by 4pm on Sunday 22 December. The delivery service will resume on Friday 3 January for any items requested between Monday 23 December and Thursday 2 January.

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Library opening hours

The University Library will be open 24 hours as normal, on a self-service basis, with the following exceptions:

  • Closed from 3.30pm on Tuesday 24 December until 8am on Friday 27 December
  • Closed from 3.30pm on Tuesday 31 December until 8am on Thursday 2 January

Please note that as the Library & IT Help Desk will be closed during the vacation period, only general queries can be dealt with.

King’s Manor Library will be closed from 3.30pm on Tuesday 24 December until 9am on Thursday 2 January.

Minster Library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 20 December until 9am on Monday 13 January.

IT Services opening hours

IT Services will be closed from 3.30pm on Tuesday 24 December and will reopen at 9am on Thursday 2 January. During this period IT Services staff will not be on duty to attend to faults, but will be available in case of an IT emergency.
Staff will monitor paper and toner levels on York Print Plus devices and will visit campus if necessary to resolve any major problems.
All other IT services should be available as usual outside normal hours but access to the IT rooms will be subject to college opening hours.

Using online resources and other university libraries

Subject guides and e-resources

You can still access ejournals, databases and ebooks through the library website while you're away from campus. 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, providing you have 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: