Free entry


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 and is now Pontefract Museum. The current library was opened in 1975 and is in front of the original building.

Visit the library and open your mind to reading! With access to a wide range of books, local and family history collection (including 2 microform readers!) and a programme of weekly activities for all ages, Pontefract Library is the place to expand your mind.

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 – contact the library for further details

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

  • Cycle parking available in close proximity, borrowable lock and mini repair kit onsite

  • Venue opening hours

    Monday : 9:30 am - 7:00 pm

    Tuesday : 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Wednesday : 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

    Thursday : Closed

    Friday : 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Saturday : 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Sunday : Closed

      Access facilities

    • Accessible Toilet
    • Assistance Dogs Welcome
    • Baby Changing Facilities
    • Hearing Aid Loop
    • Wheelchair Accessible

    Venue Details

    Find us at

    Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD




    Venue Facilities

    • Toilets