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.
Location and opening hours
York Minster Library is located in the Old Palace, based in Dean's Park on the north side of York Minster.
Our regular opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed on Bank Holidays).
Search the Catalogue
Early books printed in England can be found on the English Short Title Catalogue at estc.bl.uk
Read Printed Books
Members of the public are welcome to use library material for reference in our Reading Room.
Any item location marked 'SC' or 'Old Library' on the online catalogue is a Special Collections item. Many of these items are unique and irreplaceable, so to help maintain the security and preservation of the collections we ask you to observe some basic rules.
From 1st February 2013, you will be required to register annually as a Special Collections reader should you wish to consult this material. There is no charge for this reference only service, but you will need to provide ID (photo and address) and fill in a form which details our regulations. Registration information will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Borrow Printed Books
University of York students and staff receive free Library membership and are able to borrow up to 12 books. Registered 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.