York Minster

Contact details

Website: yorkminster.org/discover/collections-archive-library/ Email: collections@yorkminster.org Telephone: +44 (0)1904 557250

York Minster

About the library

The largest cathedral library in the UK, the library at York Minster holds over 130,000 items. Monograph and journal holdings cover subjects such as theology, art history, stained glass, history, literature and religion. A substantial number of printed books are pre-1800, and the library also holds over 100 incunables. The library also holds special collections including a comprehensive collection of material on the history of York and Yorkshire; a collection of 16th-20th century printed and manuscript music; and a large collection of eighteenth and nineteenth century theatre playbills.

The local library catalogue is available online, as part of the University of York catalogue. Using the 'Advanced Search' option on the Library Catalogue, choose York Minster Library from the 'Search Scope' drop-down menu.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of York Minster's records in Library Hub Discover here.