Explore York Libraries open – drop in, browse and chat!
Explore York Libraries are now open and delighted to welcome everyone back for drop-in, browsing and a friendly chat!
You can be assured that Explore is doing all they can to make sure libraries and cafes are safe as they re-open. They will be following government and public health advice, so people will still need to wear face coverings and follow guidance about social distancing.
Quiet study space available, but you will need to book ahead at your preferred library.
From 26 April The City Archive re-opens for pre-booked appointments.
The Online library continues with e-books, audiobooks, local history, Explore’s YouTube channel and Press Reader giving free access to thousands of newspapers and magazines.
Books out on loan have all been automatically renewed until 30 April.
Full details of the services Explore are offering are can be found here and will be regularly updated. Explore are following the Government’s guidance about re-opening closely so please be aware that the dates for each stage are subject to change.
Cafes and refreshments ☕️
☕️The Reading Cafe at Hungate has lots of new books to browse and is open for outdoor service and takeaway.
☕️The Reading Cafe at Tang Hall library, Homestead Park and Rowntree Park are also open for takeaways and outdoor service.
☕️From 17 May, Explore hope to be able to re-open all their Reading Cafes for indoor service.
Note: York City Centre & Acomb cafes are not yet open.
Events at your local library 📅
Events will continue online and Explore are starting to plan face to face events. Group activities like Storytimes will be back as soon as possible, but there is no confirmed date yet. By summer they hope to be able to offer some in-person activities, but this will be dependent on government advice.
📚📚📚We hope you enjoy getting back to your local York library, reading lots of new books or meeting up with friends for a drink 📚📚📚