Pontefract Library

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Important Information



Welcome Back!

Re-opening information

We are operating reduced hours and activities in order to be Covid-19 Secure so that you can visit and use the library with confidence.

Key changes

  • Face Masks: You should wear a mask if you can
  • 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 pre-booking is advised
  • Events: There will be no weekly events, story times or regular meetings on the premises until further notice
  • Study Space: One hour bookable study spaces available in most libraries - contact your local library to book
  • Fines: We stopped charging fines for overdue items from 1 April 2020
  • Joining: From 1 October 2020 you can join the library without proof of identification
  • 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.

Tovertafel

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.

Opening hours:Location
Monday10am - 5pm Shoemarket
Pontefract
WF8 1BD

Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children's Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday10am - 5pm
Wednesday10am - 5pm
ThursdayClosed
Friday10am - 5pm
Saturday10am - 4​pm
SundayClosed
First floor open pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk


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What's on >>​

Res​​ources and Services

  • Access to a wide range of books and more for all ages
  • Large local history collection with 2 microform readers
  • Children's section from toddler to teenager
  • 10 computers with internet access – 6 for general use, 2 for local studies and 2 for teenagers.
  • Designated quiet zones for study
  • Free WiFi
  • Printing, fax and scanning facilities
  • Tovertafel - temporarily suspended

  • Self-service check-outs

  • Programme of weekly activities for all ages -temporarily suspended

    School and group visits welcome - temporarily suspended

    Accessible facilities, induction loop
    Meeting room to hire - small meetings with social distancing measures may be possible – please contact the library for details

    Baby changing facilities - temporarily suspended

  • Parking nearby around town centre





Contact us

Libraries Services

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

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