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Re-opening of the Old Palace Library

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Access information

The Minster Library and Archives are now open for appointment-only visits. If you are planning a visit to use our collections, you will need to book a Reading Room session in advance:

Please do not travel without a confirmed booking: you will not be able to access the building on a walk-in basis.

Enquiries email: collections@yorkminster.org

Booking an appointment

If you already know which item or items you require then you can book directly using our online form:

You should limit your requests to 6 items per session (i.e. up to 12 items if you have booked two appointments). You will receive an automated response initially, and staff will confirm your booking by email within two working days. There will be a fee to access archival resources for visitors outside of the University of York (£10.50 for general visitors, payable by card on arrival: reduced fees for external students apply).


Discovering our collections 

You can search for library items via YorSearch, the University of York catalogue.

Much of our collection of archives and artefacts is searchable via our own online catalogue. If you are able to visit but unable to find what you are looking for in the catalogue, please let us know (collections@yorkminster.org) and we may recommend that you book an appointment to consult some of our paper catalogues that have not been added to the online catalogue yet.

What to expect on your visit

Research room guidelines will apply for the security of the collection: you will be asked, for example, to leave coats and bags in a locker on arrival, and only take pencils, paper and electronic devices into the Reading Room

Photography is permitted in the Reading Room, but you must purchase a day permit from a member of staff on duty (£10.00)

Two Wifi networks are available: Eduroam for members of participating universities (including University of York) and CityConnect which is available to all

University of York staff and students: the Minster Library does not have bookable IT or printing facilities. Photography charges still apply but borrowing is free.

Non-University library members will be able to arrange loan collection and returns by email

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