Improving library facilities

​Date: 22/09/2014
Ref: PR4712

Wakefield Council is informing residents of the change in opening times of ten libraries in the district.

From September 29 libraries in the Wakefield district will undergo various changes to improve their services for residents. There will be an increase to the overall number of hours libraries are open with elimination to lunchtime closures as well as one late night opening at each branch in the week.

Libraries including Airedale Library, Castleford Forum Library and Museum, Featherstone Library, Hemsworth Library, Horbury Library, Knottingley Library, Normaton Library, Pontefract Library, Sandal library, South Elmsall Library will be adopting these new changes.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "This is great news for the people of Wakefield and means residents can stay longer to enjoy what we have on offer in these libraries."

A new 24/7 digital library where customers can browse titles, reserve books and renew their loans online has also been launched as a part of these new changes. In addition, residents will be able to learn a new language, download an e-audiobook or a emagazine to a computer or handheld device for free.

Cllr Shaw added: "I am delighted to announce this new digital library which aims to make things easier for everyone to have a good read of their favourite book.

"With technology rapidly changing this will be a fantastic way for people to carry out tasks like renewing their book from the comfort of their home."

The new opening times can be found online by visiting the libraries website on, on Twitter @WFlibraries or the Wakefield libraries Facebook page. Leaflets can also be picked up in branch.