You'll have access to 24/7 Library and flexible study spaces across campus.

Library and Archives

Our extensive Library provides the perfect place to study, research and read. It's open 362 days of the  year. Services, support and facilities include:

  • 1 million printed items
  • 600,000 ebooks
  • over 15,000 print and electronic journals
  • 104 laptops available for loan
  • internationally significant historic archives and original documents.

As well as the central Library, there are dedicated study spaces on Campus East and specialist libraries at King’s Manor and York Minster.

Study spaces

There are over 1,500 study spaces across the Library and the Piazza Building with flexible options for single and group study, formal and informal.

You can book space for yourself or a group across the campus, including ‘pop-up pods’ during exam season. We offer 24-hour access to our new facilities at the Ron Cooke Hub, from study desks and pods to a collaborative group study area.

Help and Support

Your Academic Liaison Librarian is your contact at the Library and is able to offer subject-specific help and support. You can also access online tailored subject guides with information relevant to your subject.

Connect on campus

We offer you a range of IT services and support to keep you connected on campus. These include:

  • access to email, filestore, Google Apps for Education, printing and other free software
  • free wifi on campus and in the city, including in libraries, cafés, departments and your study bedroom
  • a Virtual Private Network, which you can connect to your laptop, PC, phone, tablet and games console
  • nearly 1,000 open-access networked Mac, Windows and Linux computers in more than 20 locations across campus
  • resources including filestore and printing off-campus, accessed via our Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)

Online learning

  • Most departments provide lecture recordings through our Replay service, allowing you to revisit content to support and enhance your understanding.
  • Access to Yorkshare - our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you can access course materials, communicate with other students and staff, and more.
  • Look up reading lists and electronic holdings in all the University’s libraries.
  • Develop your study skills and produce original work with self‑directed study activities.
  • Communicate, collaborate or carry out assessments on some courses.
  • Access lecturers’ notes, quizzes, surveys, presentations and audio and visual media.