Yorkshire Association Library and Archive
The YACR Library and Archive are kept as part of the York Minster Library and Archive in The Old Palace, York - in Dean's Park, behind the east end of the Minster.
The Old Palace is an ancient building now modernised with humidity and temperature control to house the many tens of thousands of documents and books in the Minster's care. Naturally, our holdings are but a tiny part of the whole. The YACR will shortly have a legal agreement with the Minster for holding and cataloguing our possessions.
The Minster Library's opening hours, and other information and rules about visiting can be found here, rules for viewing and borrowing YACR's property. Note that you will be required to register and should bring appropriate indentifying documents with you.
For further help and information about the YACR’s Library and Archive holdings please contact the YACR’s Librarian, Robert Cater, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Books are held as follows -
1. Pre 1850 books or 'broken' books - in the Special Collection, for which 24 hours notice is required for their inspection and which cannot be borrowed.
2. Annual Reports - in the Periodicals collection. Can be viewed without appointment but not borrowed.
3. Items without a spine label - in the Pamphlets Collection which can be viewed without appointment but not borrowed.
4. Post-1850 published books with spine label and in good condition - in the General Collection which can be viewed without appointment and which are able to be borrowed.
There are quite a lot of the Minster Library's own books on bellringing on the shelves in the General Collection mixed with the YACR's. Ours have a bookplate (label) in them saying so.
The catalogue of YACR's books can be found at www.york.ac.uk/library/ in the Search box put 'Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers'. Other non-YACR books on bellringing can be searched for in the general catalogue.
Advance notice is required by the Minster Archivist to inspect any of the Association’s 34 Box Files. No material may be borrowed.
NB no further archive material may be placed in the Archive for the time being, as the Minster Archive is being re-evaluated by the Minster Chapter.