The Library holds the extensive historic printed collections of The Chapter of York, as well as a modern reference and lending library. The library holds more than 120,000 books. Collection strengths include:
- local history
- early York printing
- Civil War tracts
- theology through the ages
- church history and architecture
Modern books include theology, church history and the history of the Minster and city.
You can read more about the library's history here: 1414: John Neuton and the Re-foundation of York Minster Library. See also: Records and Manuscripts (Archives)
Search the Catalogue
All the items in the library can be found on the University of York online catalogue (YorSearch). The Minster Library collection can also be viewed through Copac, a website that contains the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries.
Early books printed in England can be found on the English Short Title Catalogue.
Borrow Printed Books (Membership)
Fee-paying Library users can borrow up to 6 books for 4 weeks for an annual fee of £30.
To register please come to the Old Palace Reception with two forms of ID showing your name, address and signature (e.g. passport, driving licence, utility bill). Please note, we are only able to accept payment by cash when the payer is present at the Old Palace. Otherwise we ask that payment is made by BACS.
University of York students and staff receive free Library membership. The amount of items you can borrow will vary as to your status (staff, associate staff, student, etc.). If you are a student from another UK university you can apply for SCONUL access through your host institution.
Book Delivery Service and cross-campus returns
Borrowers can now return Minster Library items at other University of York libraries: please check the opening times for the JB Morrell and King's Manor sites. We are also part of the University Book Delivery Service between campus libraries.