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As well as traditional resources and study spaces, the library has a lot more to offer: including cutting-edge digital labs available to all our members, and support for postgraduate researchers and academics. 

Our Digital labs

We have two labs in the Fairhurst and both are open to all students and staff to use. The easiest way to remember the difference is that the Creativity Lab focuses on software: high-end gaming workstations, with access to Virtual Reality (VR) equipment and other emerging technologies. YorCreate is all about hardware: a maker-space with 3D printers and other tools.

Creativity Lab

Featuring high-end equipment allowing you the opportunity to play with and learn about emerging technologies through a range of practical workshops, masterclasses and technical support.


An exciting new makerspace and digital crafting area, for students, staff and researchers to experiment with 3D design, scanning and printing and other digital creativity tools.

...a fantastic, inspiring intro to VR! Sam is such a knowledgeable and delightful facilitator/teacher! He turned the whole session into a fun and interesting experience. 

York member of staff

Our Research Support 

We have a wide range of resources aimed at supporting both postgraduate researchers and academics throughout the lifecycle of your research, from searching the literature and planning your data management to publishing your findings and beyond.

Open Research Team

The Open Research team works in partnership with academic and research staff, postgraduate researchers, and other staff facilitating research.

We provide guidance and training to help you plan, publish, preserve and share your research.

Meet our Open Research Team

The Open Access team at @UoYLibrary is super helpful! I got lots of insights on open access data today, and I'm now feeling much more confident.

York academic 

Open Access and Open research

Open research practice enables a wide range of audiences to freely discover and engage with our excellent research, makes the research process transparent, and creates new opportunities for outputs and methods to be reused, reproduced and credited. Open Access (OA) is about making research outputs freely available online with reduced restrictions on use and re-use.

As well as the important link below to the York Open Access Fund, we have a whole suite of pages about OA Support. These are in a temporary home while we build new versions on another platform, so bear in mind they'll look a little different when you follow the link below. 

Go to the Open Access Hub

Research data

Information that has been generated or collected to validate original research findings constitutes 'Research data'. This can be both digital and analogue, for example paper notes. 

We are currently building a new set of guides all about Research Data Management, or RDM: until those are ready you can still access the current guides, here:

Go to the RDM guidance hub

Research Data York

The data repository for research undertaken at the University, facilitating data discovery and data sharing.

Recording Datasets in PURE

The University's Research Information System, allowing researchers to record information about their datasets and the public facing portal.

Using our SafePod

The SafePod is a small standardised safe setting that provides the physical security and controls for an accredited researcher to access sensitive datasets. Ours is located in the Burton on Campus West. 

Find out more about the SafePod

Postgraduate space

There are dedicated spaces for postgraduate students in the Morrell (LMO/111), and the Fairhurst (PG Lounge on Floor 2).