Library:Pontefract Library


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Re-opening information

The library is re-opening on 13 July 2020 with reduced hours initially – see schedule below. There will be changes to its operation to protect the health of everyone. Please see the website for health and safety guidelines and changes to services.

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 the 21st of September 1905. The current library was opened in 1975. The old Carnegie library later became Pontefract Museum.

Pontefract Library has a range of services available to local residents and visitors, including internet access.

These include:

•Large collection of fiction and non-fiction books, including large print and talking books
•Variety of ‘quick choice’ and easy access popular material
•Reference and information material
•Newspapers and periodicals
•Community notices
•Large local history collection
•Large sound and vision collection
•31 public access computers with FREE internet access and Microsoft Office suite
•FREE access at the library to , and
•Self-service checkout
•2 Microfilm readers
•Quiet study space
•A4 and A3 colour printing, photocopying and scanning facilities
•Meeting room available to hire, click here for more information

Childrens resources and services at Pontefract Library:
•Books to suit all ages from toddler to teenager
•6 children’s computers with appropriately filtered internet access
•Activities during school holidays – check the library blog ‘what’s on’ page for further information
•Regular school visits for library instruction and Storytime

•Step-free access
•Induction loop
•Lift to all floors
•Baby changing facilities
•Registered assistance dogs welcome

Education/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shop

Mobile phone coverageChildren welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Monday: 10am - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 4pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: CLOSED


See location of Pontefract Library on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Mobile phone coverageMobile phone coverage
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed