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Library Subject Guides

A practical guide for second-year students


Wellbeing is important at the best of times. Remember that university is not just about study; there's fun to be had too...

Digital creativity

Siobhan and Sam are playing nicely with some bits of plastic tat they've printed in YorCreate

Perhaps you just want to let your hair down with some creative play. Last year we launched two new digital labs within the library...

Creativity Lab

This lab has computers equipped with a range of creative editing software and access to game engines like Unreal and Unity. A wide selection of equipment is also available, allowing you to explore Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 3D design, podcasting, 360 filming and recording, and more. The Lab is open for drop-in use on Mondays, with more facilitated sessions and training also available.


YorCreate is our makerspace. There's 3D printers and crafting materials, free to use after a short induction. Find out more:

Digital Wednesdays and other training

Our Digital Wednesdays programme include sessions on media editing, coding, and getting digitally creative. The Creativity Lab also offers a host of training sessions. You can find all of these events listed on our Training page:


In terms of the Library, the resources we hold, both physical and online, aren't just there for educational use. They're also there for recreational use!

Online collections

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on-demand TV and radio service where you can catch up on free-to-air UK broadcasts from the last decade or so...

There's more media content available in our collections via the eResources guide:

Physical collections

In addition to streaming video (not to mention all the DVDs and CDs we've got) there's our graphic novels collection, and literature ranging from 17th-21st century. All of this is available via YorSearch. Or you can browse our virtual shelves, below.


The Living Room, with its hanging chairs, lush rug and foliage

There's a range of spaces throughout the Library, the campus, and the city as a whole...

The Living Room

Our Living Room space on the top floor of the Fairhurst is a place where you can switch off your devices, curl up in a hanging chair, and take a moment to relax and have a break.

The rest of campus

Our campus is beautiful (no, really, it is!) with plenty of places to sit and get away from it all or let your hair down. If you really want a bit of peace and quiet to chill out in, there's even the secret garden that is the Quiet Place...

The rest of the city

Actually, York's pretty lovely as a whole. There are far worse places to be...

Wellbeing resources

There's a lot of online help in terms of wellbeing, some of it by us here in the Library...


We are constantly working to improve accessibility to all our resources and services. If you're a student with dyslexia or a disability you can register with disability services and get adjusted library services.

Wellbeing collections

Here's a selection of virtual bookshelves for some of our wellbeing-related collections. You can also find them on YorSearch.

Life skills

Graphic novels