Competition to design a donation box for Explore York Libraries and Archives

Explore is inviting designers and makers to come up with an imaginative design for an interactive donation box at York Explore Library and Archive in the city centre. The competition is open to everyone and the design can be on any theme. The closing date is 10 October at the end of National Libraries Week. Explore is looking for an eye-catching, engaging design which is as interactive as possible.

The design should have the following features:

• Free standing on the floor at an accessible height

• Mostly made from sustainable materials

• Able to be secured in place

Judging will be based solely on the design, but if entrants wish to be involved in the construction then they should state this on their entry. Designers will need to provide full details of how the donations box will be constructed and installed.

Donations are important to Explore the not-for-profit organisation which runs York’s Libraries and Archives. All money received is used to improve what Explore offers, from buying additional books and e-library items, to offering more and better activities and events for children and adults.

The winning model will be constructed and put on public display at York Explore. The winning designer will also receive lunch for two at York Explore’s café and photos of the designs and the winner’s name will be published on Explore’s website.

Finished designs should be submitted by email to or handed in at York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS by midnight on 10 October 2020.

Explore York Libraries and Archives Mutual Limited is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.

All income raised by Explore is used to benefit the community and invested back into books, resources, and programmes. Explore encourages the joy of reading, provides free access to information, inspires people of all ages to learn and create, provides safe spaces, supports wellbeing, and works with partners across York to build a more connected city.