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Address: Museum St. | Library Square, York, North Yorkshire, York YO1 2DS, England
Phone Number:
+44 1904 655631
09:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 20:30
Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Books, books and more books are offered at York's main reference and...

Books, books and more books are offered at York's main reference and lending library, which features an excellent local history section.

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Wonderful staff.. lovely relaxing spot to visit

Very professional and helpful staff when our two special needs children needed to use the disabled facilities and a very lovely spot to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Craig H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very professional and helpful staff when our two special needs children needed to use the disabled facilities and a very lovely spot to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle outside.

Thank Craig H
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

York's Library & Archives is a brilliant spot for those wanting a quiet(ish) place to sit, relax and (of course) read. With good opening hours the centre is accessible, and well positioned in the heart of this great city.

Thank JEM_Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Seriously, the cake slice was massive. Lovely little quiet cafe away from Christmas York hustle and bustle. Set in a lovely building. Really nice.

Thank Fettmaster
Chester, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit to this library very historic ,lots of space ,very popular with all ages ,old wooden bookshelves added character to the place ,worth a visit 😊

Thank Angel1234x
York, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

The cafe at this library really needs to improve. Signs indicate that hot food is served at midday but on four occasions now a hot potato is not ready until the afternoon! Overall this cafe is a little grubby and the staff seem a little bit distracted. There are a fair few improvements that need to be made.

Thank Andy S
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694 reviews
358 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

This is a big Library and offers a range of services. The Reference Section is particularly good and includes a good range of Ordnance Survey large scale maps. All the Stagg I encountered were very helpful and pleasant.

Thank MedEngland
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

Nice coffee shop away from crowded tourist traps. Read a book or magazine and chillax in the centre of York.

Thank Tracy J
Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

I just stopped by here because I love the charm of libraries anywhere. It was really great to visit I felt very comfortable there where a lot of secluded seating areas where you could just read by yourself. The library has a shop as well with a nice selection of books, DVD's and CD's. Go there to have a little... More 

Thank Thilo T
York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

After deciding that York Art Gallery was too expensive for coffee we decided to visit the cafe in York Library instead, how I wish I had spent the extra money and gone to the art gallery!! As I went up to the counter the lady on the till was busy sorting change out and a young man was standing behind... More 

Thank dandylyon2014
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2015

-It is a nice, comfy, feel at home library inside -Outside it is a beautiful building that is worth some pictures -They offer a good variety of books -The environment is great for a relaxing reading. Very quiet, good light, different sofas -There is access to internet -The coffee is great. Very tasty, creamy, delicious!!! -Check online on the official... More 

Thank Dalilatm

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