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Name of Library: York Minster Library

Address: Dean's Park, York YO1 7JQ

Town: York

Telephone: 01904 625308




Alternative names
  York Minster Archives


Job Title
  The Librarian

Purpose and main user community of the library

Special library open to the public. Third level education. Main User Group - University of York students.

Terms of access

Free access on walking in. 1 Days notice required for consulting books from the Old Library and Special Collections

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00

Disabled access

Old building, access not easy; lift to reading room; parking provided for such by the library


No inter-library lending
Users may borrow for 3 week loan periods. There is an annual borrowing rights fee.



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



For manuscripts and material pertaining to the Dean and Chapter of York; contact the Archivist

Volumes added per year



Third level theology, Ecclesiastical history, Ecclesiastical art & literature. Historical dimension

Special Collections

Over 100 incunables
Tobie Matthew collection 1629
Marmaduke Fothergill collection 1731
Edward Hailstone collection 1891 - Yorkshire history - English Civil War tracts - Over 1000 theatre playbills 1760-1840


York Gospels
Bolton Book of Hours

Research resource

Modern and historical collections
All online catalogued and on COPAC catalogue ( http://www.copac.ac.uk ), record collection of historical items accessible to all users

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue


Other facilities

Photocopying available

Full Time Staff 3

Part Time Staff  

Voluntary Staff numerous

Future plans
  Telephone numbers are expected to change shortly


Issue and loan of books is now automated. The loan period is 3 weeks, after which fines accrue.
The Minster library has a modern reading room.
Access is through the Dean's Park on the north side of York Minster. The library is not in the Minster. Open to all bona fide users.

Date / No reply
  27 April 2009

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