The Library is open all year round to members of the University, and currently to external visitors as well. This page gives some more information on what to expect when you visit.
Go on a Virtual Tour of the Library so you know what to expect when you visit us:
We have re-opened to the public and other external users, with some limitations.
The Library is open for browsing and if you already have borrowing rights you can borrow books too. Contact us to discuss membership options. If you would like to book a study space in advance of your visit, we have a booking system specifically for external users (if you’re not a member of the University please do use that link as the other links on this page might not work for you). You’re welcome to study anywhere else in the Library too, but be aware of the booking policies in different parts of our buildings.
At the moment, the services for external users is limited to what is described above - study space and browsing. Walk-in access to e-resources, and use of the photocopiers, isn't possible. If you are a student at another University we can welcome you as a member of the public; the SCONUL access scheme has also now resumed.
Our main priority is making our services work for everyone whilst keeping everyone safe, and we'd really like your help with this.
We strongly recommend that you wear a face-covering in our buildings and although social-distancing regulations have been relaxed, we'd encourage everyone to give each other space and help people feel comfortable. Please keep the windows open (it helps keep the library open!) and use the hand sanitiser you'll find all round our buildings. If you have any questions or are worried about any of this, please speak to our staff.
We hope that this gives you a better understanding of what is currently available - we update this page frequently and post regular updates via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Library News section of the website.
The pandemic is very much still going on, so we need everyone, staff and students alike, to help us make this work. The wellbeing of our community at York is always the priority. Please help us keep everyone as safe as possible!
If you have any questions about any of this, please get in touch.