LIBRARIES are closed – but thanks to York Explore you can still check out books, trace your family history or look at historic pictures of the city – all while you stay at home to save lives.

Members can download library books – or audiobooks – online with their library card.

Titles include children’s fiction, non-fiction and books for teenagers.

The organisation has also opened up its archive of fascinating photos of York through time.

And residents can have a go at tracing their family history using Ancestry and Find My Past, for free.

A virtual book group is also set to be launched – along with other activities to help keep people entertained and informed while they follow government advice to stay at home.

Residents who do not currently have a library card can join online at

To borrow ebooks visit

To visit the new York Images website to explore the history of York visit

And to begin tracing your family tree visit