FOCAL Logo. Friends of Castleford Library.


Welcome to Friends Of Castleford Library (FOCAL) web site. We are a group of friendly people who are so passionate about our local library that we befriended it.

FOCAL was established in February 1998. A group of local people who use the library decided that such a valuable asset deserved to be promoted and supported.

FOCAL aims:-

  • Promote and raise the profile of Castleford Library
  • Organise activities and events of local and community interest
  • Attract new members and encourage all sections of the community to be represented
  • Campaign for a new library in Castleford

The new museum and library building (The Castleford Forum) opened On 9th December, 2013.

FOCAL members meet to discuss matters that affect the library. We hold meetings every two months at the library at 5.45pm. New members are always welcome, to get involved e-mail to or download a membership form.

Local and Family History meetings – New from September 2014

First Monday of the month 2.00-3.30pm; Castleford Library.

Book: Castleford Free Library 1905-2005

FOCAL have produced a book, Castleford Free Library 1905-2005. Researched and written by members Pat Bentley and Margaret Lound, it tells the history of the library. A fascinating read and a must-purchase. It is available for sale in Castleford library.


This year FOCAL have reintroduced their popular calendar which raises funds for the benefit of the library. We have searched the many fantastic photographs held in local studies that are part of the library archive and selected twelve black and white images of bygone Castleford which include a brief description. The calendar cost 5 and can be obtained from the library.