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York Library (York Explore Library and Archive) is situated in Museum Street, York, England.

York's first subscription library opened in 1794, but it was only in 1893 that the city's first public library was opened in Clifford Street by the then Duke and Duchess of York,[1] in a building formerly occupied by the Institute of Popular Science and Literature. This was the period when free public libraries were supplanting subscription libraries, and the establishment of York's public library was the city's way of marking Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In 1917 the public library was merged with York Subscription Library.

The present library building on Museum Street was designed by Walter Brierley and opened in 1927. Since then, there have been a number of extensions to the building, most recently in 2014, when the library became home to the City Archives.[2]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 April 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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