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Campus and facilities

Welcome to the Library

Library and Learning Services provide students, staff and external visitors with a range of library and print services on our York and London campuses.

Looking down through Fountains atrium.

For library information for students please visit our Library pages for students.

On the University’s York campus, the Fountains Learning Centre is home to the University’s collection of books and other print resources, as well as providing study space.

Library and Learning Services provide access to:

  • Over 220,000 print books and around 630,000 ebooks
  • More than 92,500 journals
  • Around 250 search tools to help you find specialist subject resources
  • Your module readings through the Library’s reading list system

We've put together a welcome guidebook to provide you with a concise overview of the services offered to you by the Library, and how we can help you to get the most out of the resources held by the University. You can download the guide as a PDF.

Library Welcome Guide for Students 2022 (PDF 3.11 MB)

Library Welcome Guide for Staff 2022 (PDF, 0.8 MB)


Fountains Learning Centre is spread over 3 floors. It is accessed through the main or back entrances of the Fountains building and is accessible by either an automatic door or a revolving door. Access to all floors is via stairs or lift. A tour of escape routes and safe havens is available.

Disabled staff and students can also apply for a University parking permit which allows them to park in various locations on the Lord Mayor's Walk campus. Disabled parking permit applications are treated as priority, however they are not guaranteed due to limited availability.

Welcome to the Library

Where can I find resources?

You can search for resources in our Library catalogue. We have electronic versions available of many of our resources.

Library collections


The Library archives include the Post-1945 York Theatre Royal Archive, York St John Historical Archives and the Yorkshire Theatres Playbills and Posters.

Rees-Williams Collection

A collection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian children's books, consisting of over 3000 volumes dating from around 1780 to the 1920s.

Northern Independent Press Collection

A dedicated archive of works published by independent presses based in the north of England, started in 2017 by the York Centre for Writing.

I AMplify project

This project brings together and organises initiatives which aim to lift the voices of marginalised peoples and communities in our library and in our curriculum.

Library policies and documents

This page brings together all of the policies and documents relating to our library.

You can find out about acceptable use of IT systems, how we are improving the accessibility of our services and read our Customer care statement.

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