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Address: Museum St. | Library Square, York, North Yorkshire, York YO1 2DS, England
Phone Number: +44 1904 655631
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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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Beautiful historic library

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 😊

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Angel1234x
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Chester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 😊

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Thank Angel1234x
York, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Andy S
England
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank MedEngland
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Tracy J
Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Thilo T
York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank dandylyon2014
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Dalilatm
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

We were on a weekend break to York, and someone recommended the Library cafe for a good cuppa. The food and drink is very good quality indeed and a huge mug of tea only costs £1 ! We had a look round the library while there and were very impressed with the facilities available. Excellent place!

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Thank Marilyn O
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

This is York's Central Library and is an old building but inside is ultra modern. It has a computer suite for library users to use for free internet and also to use as a word processor. There is an amazing array of books for both adults and children. The children area is very welcoming and bright, they hold toddler mornings... More 

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Thank Scarlett W
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

Loads of good books with a wide selection of genres. Lots of comfortable places to sit and read as well as a cafe to one end. Very nice staff, good toilets, and computers to use upstairs. Beautiful architecture as well!

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