Pontefract Library

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Important Information



Welcome Back!

From Monday 17 May Libraries will be open for

  • Browsing and book borrowing
  • Computer use (30 minute sessions extendable to 2 hours dependent on availability)
  • Bookable study space
  • Bookable children's story times and activities. Please contact the library for dates and times.
  • An order and collect service is also available.

To ensure the library is safe for everyone, please

  • Wear a mask if you can.
  • Use the sanitiser provided before entering the library.
  • Maintain social distance at all times

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.

Opening hours:Location
Monday9:30am - 7pm Shoemarket
Pontefract
WF8 1BD

Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children's Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday9:30am - 6pm
ThursdayClosed
Friday9:30am - 5pm
Saturday9:30am - 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
  • 4 8 computers with internet access - 6 for general use, 2 for teenagers - pre booking is advised. 

  • Bookable study space

  • Free WiFi
  • Printing, fax and scanning facilities

  • Self-service check-outs

  • Programme of weekly activities for all ages -sessions to be booked in advance

    School and group visits welcome

    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

  • Parking nearby around town centre





Contact us

Libraries Services

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

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