York Minster Library

Last updated 27th April 2009 
Name of library York Minster Library 
Address  Dean’s Park, York YO1 7JQ
Telephone 01904 625308 
E-mail  enquiries@yorkminsterlibrary.org.uk
Website http://www.yorkminster.org/learning/library-archives-conservation/ 
Alternative names  York Minster Archives
Contact & Job Title  The Librarian
Purpose & 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
Lending to other libraries & visitors No inter-library lending
Users may borrow for 3 week loan periods. There is an annual borrowing rights fee. 
Number of volumes 125,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues  60
Current Periodicals  20
Other materials  For manuscripts and material pertaining to the Dean and Chapter of York; contact the Archivist
Volumes added per year  500
Coverage  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
Manuscripts  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  Computer
URL of catalogue  http://aleph.york.ac.uk/F
Other facilities  Photocopying available
Full Time Staff  3
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  numerous
Changes in next five years affecting the above  Telephone numbers are expected to change shortly
Anything else about the library  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.