Whatever you're learning, we provide a range of services and resources to help you develop the skills you need to succeed.

Space to think

There are extensive library resources and study spaces across campus.

Through these spaces, you'll have access to more than a million print books and a large range of online resources that you can use from anywhere in the world. There are hundreds of thousands of ebooks and online journals, as well as statistics, reports and data available to you.


Our central library provides a range of places to work, research and study. Open 362 days a year, from 8am until midnight, and 24/7 during exam periods, it provides over 1,200 study and social learning spaces. These include:

  • contemporary study rooms with flexible furniture, as well as traditional silent study zones;
  • several other spaces co-designed with students, including a Family Study Room for students to study alongside their children, and a forthcoming Sensory Room; and,
  • two creative labs - Creativity Lab and YorCreate - offering a wide selection of equipment to explore Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D design, podcasting, 360 filming and recording, plus much more.

You can also make use of the Library Cafe and kitchen to help you re-energise while studying.

The Library is also home to the impressive Borthwick Institute for Archives, one of the largest and most varied archives and historical records of any university in the UK.

Take a look around

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Whatever you're learning, we have the resources to support you.

Develop your skill set

You can access guidance, resources and activities to assist with your studies and strengthen your employability through our Academic Skills Community. You can boost your skills with online resources, workshops and one-to-one advice and guidance.

Our informal, inclusive and friendly workshops are held throughout the year, and are open to all University of York students.

Communication skills

Get involved in workshops that will help to build your confidence in presenting individually, as well as collaborating, speaking and listening effectively with others.

Academic study skills

One-to-one appointments for academic writing, maths skills, data skills, and study coaching are available to all students.

The Writing Centre and Maths Skills Centre provide 1:1 appointments that are individually tailored to the needs of each student. Our tutors are experienced in advising students in all subject areas and levels of study.

Academic integrity

Learn how to follow good academic practice in your reading and writing, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Maths skills

Discuss and develop your maths and statistics skills at the Maths Skills Centre to supplement your department’s support and maximise your success.

Digital skills

Improve your digital skills and get the most out of our software packages with our Skills Guides. Or drop into our Digital Wednesdays training sessions.

The Creativity Lab in the central library also offer events, training sessions and introductory kit workshops, allowing the exploration of digital creativity and the chance to apply new skills under the guidance of industry experts. These include Creative Mondays and DigiCreate Fridays.

Elective modules

Step outside your degree programme and expand your knowledge with elective and language modules. These are a great way to broaden your academic horizons and boost your employability.