Pontefract Library

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Welcome to Wakefield Libraries - fine free and no ID.

Read, learn, connect and relax in our welcoming libraries. With thousands of books to choose from, free internet access, events, activities, learning opportunities, local history resources, and more - there is something for everyone. You can even access many of our services from home.

Library Customers are still encouraged to wear a mask in crowded and indoor spaces. Here they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet.

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.

Opening hours

Day Time
Monday 9:30am - 7pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 6pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4​pm
Sunday Closed


woman picking up a book from a library book shelf

Facilities 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
  • 31 computers with internet access - 13 for adults, 4 for teenagers, 2 for juniors. 12 computers in the Makery available for clubs and special events all with internet access. Pre booking is always advised.
  • Study space
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Printing, fax and scanning facilities
  • 6 Hublets - these are tables for general use with downloaded apps, i.e. PressReader, Good Reads, BBC News and more. Computers can be pre-booked in advance.
  • Self-service check-outs
  • Programme of weekly activities for all ages.
  • School and group visits welcome
  • Accessible facilities, induction loop
  • Meeting room to hire – please contact the library for details.
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Parking nearby around town centre
  • Cinema available to hire for parties and business functions - Please contact the library for further details
  • Tovertafel*
  • Cycle parking available in close proximity, borrowable lock and mini repair kit onsite

Tovertafel is also available.

A magic table stimulating both physical and emotional activity encouraging social interaction that creates moments of happiness for people living with dementia. 

Contact Us

Libraries Services Wakefield One PO Box 700 Burton Street Wakefield WF1 2EB

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