Upcoming: CILIP YH visit to York Minster Library, 22 June 2016


York Minster Library – copyright Chapter of York, used with permission.

CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside’s next visit will be to the York Minster Library.

Date: Wed 22nd June 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Cost: Free to all

The Minster Library is the largest cathedral library in the UK, holding the historic printed collections of The Chapter of York, as well as modern reference and lending collections.

The Old Palace was built around 1230 by archbishop Walter Gray as a private chapel, but later fell out of use and was restored in 1810 to accommodate the 6,000-volume Library. A major extension was completed in 1998, including a new reading room, a special collections room, an archive strong room, and a conservation studio.

The Library now contains more than 120,000 books, tracts and pamphlets, most of which are searchable via the University of York’s YorSearch catalogue.


For those doing professional registration, this visit will support the following PKSB areas:

6.4 Access to collections
6.7 Preservation
7.6 Collection promotion
Wider Library, Information and Knowledge Sector context

How to get there

The Library is located in the Old Palace, in Dean’s Park on the north side of York Minster – see Googlemaps. The Minster is 15-20 minutes’ walk from York train station.

There is no parking at the Minster, and though there are some pay-and-display car parks nearby, these may be quite busy. Anybody driving to the visit is advised to use one of the Park & Rides.


Some parts of the planned tour are not wheelchair-accessible. If you have any accessibility concerns, please contact cilipyh@gmail.com before the visit.


Please book tickets via Eventbrite by Friday 17th June. Places are limited, as the Minster Library cannot accommodate a large party. If the visit is sold out, please register on the waiting list, and you will be emailed if a space becomes available.


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