Libraries back open very soon

Bec Horner

Bec Horner

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Libraries back open very soon

Explore libraries and reading cafes are getting ready to re-open from 6 July, and they are excited about welcoming people back to their physical buildings.

They will be operating a little differently for a while:

  • Some libraries will be open
  • Books will be available using a click and collect system
  • Computer and printer use will be by appointment only
  • Opening hours will be shorter

Explore’s brand new cafe in Hungate will open for the first time on 7 July, and their cafes at Rowntree Park and Homestead Park open on 6 July. All will be serving drinks and snacks to take away and enjoy outside. Read more about that here

Rowntree Park Reading cafe will be open between 10am – 4pm

Homestead Park Reading cafe opening times are here

The libraries at York Central, Acomb, Clifton and Tang Hall will open from 7 July, but on a pre-booked basis only.

The Mobile library will be back too, but the rest of the smaller Gateway libraries will remain closed during this first stage. 

Opening hours at the libraries will be from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

All venues will have safety measures in place to protect customers and staff.

Borrowing books using click and collect is simple. You can collect books from Acomb, Clifton, York, Tang Hall and the Mobile Library. 

  1. Reserve books using the online catalogue, or from July 7 by phoning or emailing your nearest open library
  2. When your books are ready they will phone you and arrange a time for you to collect them. 

Books may also be returned by pre-booked appointment. They are happy to accept returns, and all loans have been renewed until 30 September.

Computers and printing will be available for pre-booked slots. You can book online or contact your nearest open library by phone or email after 7 July.

Explore customers now have even more choices than before because while they were closed they took the chance to enrich and expand what they offer online. As lockdown is lifted they encourage everyone to carry on using these online services as well as coming into libraries. 

Full information at 


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