Pontefract Library


Important Information

Welcome Back!

From Monday 19 July we want you to visit our libraries with confidence and feel safe. We are therefore keeping some of our safety measures in place. This includes:

  • Asking customers to sanitise their hands
  • Asking staff and customer to wear face coverings, if they can
  • One way systems to remain in place
  • Computer use will resume to 2 hours
  • Track and trace codes and paper alternatives will remain in place we do encourage customers to use this

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

Main Library:
01977 727 692
Children's Library:
01977 727 695
Tuesday9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday9:30am - 6pm
Friday9:30am - 5pm
Saturday9:30am - 4​pm
First floor open pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk


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

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