Pontefract Library


Important Information

Coronavirus update

All Council Libraries are closed until further notice.
All overdue library fines will be wiped until further notice.
For further information visit our coronavirus page.

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
Monday10am - 4pm Shoemarket

Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children's Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday10am - 4pm
Wednesday10am - 4pm
Friday10am - 4pm
Saturday10am - 4​pm


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 computers with internet access
  • 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 - temporarily suspended

    Baby changing facilities - temporarily suspended

  • Parking nearby around town centre

Contact us

Libraries Services

Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

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