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Christmas and New Year Vacation: Library opening hours

Posted on 3 December 2020

Here’s the latest information about the opening hours of the Morrell, King’s Manor and Minster Libraries over the Christmas vacation, plus how to get IT support during this period.

A view of the University library in the snow

To make things easier over the vacation, when far fewer people than normal will be using our library buildings, bookings for study space won’t be required.

The last date of bookable study rooms will be Friday 18 December. From Saturday 19 December until Monday 4 January you won’t need to reserve a space. 

The Morrell, Burton and Fairhurst

From Saturday 19 December, the main campus library buildings will remain open but will have reduced staffing and services: during this time we will not be operating a help desk service. We will be open for study space for members of the University, for self-service printing and scanning, and for library members to borrow and return items using the self-service points. 

You are welcome to return books by post during this time. There may be delays in processing these, so items may not be removed from your account until the start of term -  but don’t worry, no overdue charges will be applied. Any recalled items requested during this time will not be due back until Monday 4 January 2021 at the earliest.

Requests for our book delivery service between sites need to be placed before midday on Thursday 17 December, to be included in the last inter-site delivery on Friday 18 December. For takeaway requests via our postal loan, scan and send or campus deliveries services we will make our best endeavours to supply these items if requested before 9 December. Any requests placed after the above dates may not be processed or supplied until 4 January 2021 at the earliest.

The Morrell Library opening hours over this period are:

19 December 2020 - 10am to 10pm

20 December 2020 - 10am to 10pm

21 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

22 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

23 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

24 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

25 December 2020 - Closed

26 December 2020 - Closed

27 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

28 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

29 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

30 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

31 December 2020 - 10am to 4pm

1 January 2021 - Closed

2 January 2021 - 10am to 10pm

3 January 2021 - 10am to 10pm

For Library cafe opening times, and full details of all campus cafes and food outlets over the vacation, please see the Eat at York opening hours page

King's Manor opening hours

King's Manor Library will close on Friday 18 December and will not reopen until Monday 4 January 2021. Requests placed for King's Manor books during this time will not be processed until Monday 4 January 2021 at the earliest.

York Minster Library opening hours

York Minster Library is currently closed  and will remain so until Monday 11 January 2021. Appointments to view items in the library and archives will recommence on Tuesday 12 January, and the online booking form for appointments will be available again from Monday 7 December. All users will also be available to request books for loan from Monday 4 January.

Staff at York Minster Library will continue to work remotely and respond to email enquiries until Friday 18 December. They can be reached on if you have any questions.

IT support over the vacation

From Monday 21 December, IT support will be available by email only. The IT support office will close at 4pm on Thursday 24 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January. 

During the vacation period of 25 December to 3 January, staff will be monitoring critical IT systems and dealing with major incidents. Any emails received during this time will be replied to from 4 January. 

There’s a lot of information there and we hope it all makes sense. If you have any questions do get in touch with us.