The library is re-opening on 13 July 2020 with reduced hours initially – see schedule below. There will be changes to its operation to protect the health of everyone.
- Hand sanitising: Customers must use the sanitiser provided before entering the library.
- Borrowing: The library will be open for self-serve book borrowing and return.
- Computers: Computer use is limited to 30 minutes and must be pre-booked online or by telephone.
- Events: There will be no weekly events, story times or regular meetings on the premises until further notice.
- Fines: We stopped charging fines for overdue items from 1 April 2020
- Food and drink: Teas, coffees and refreshments/foods not to be consumed on the premises.
- Online resources: Our online resources, including weekly story times, continue to be available. See our full range of online resources.
- Printer: Printing, scanning and photocopying will be self-serve, customers must sign up to a Papercut account and have the correct change to use these services.
- Toilets: Public toilets will be closed.
The first 'free' public library in Pontefract was built with money donated by the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Art Nouveau building was officially opened on 21 September 1905. The current library was opened in 1975. The old Carnegie library later became
Pontefract Museum. See the downloads section for a brief history of Pontefract Library.
We are proud to offer Tovertafel, a magic table stimulating both physical and emotional activity encouraging social interaction that creates moments of happiness for people living with dementia.
Monday||10am - 4pm||
01977 727 692
01977 727 695
Tuesday||10am - 4pm|
Wednesday||10am - 4pm|
Friday||10am - 4pm|
Saturday||10am - 4pm|
Resources and Services
Programme of weekly activities for all ages -temporarily suspended
School and group visits welcome -
Accessible facilities, induction loop
Meeting room to hire -
Baby changing facilities -
Parking nearby around town centre