Calderdale Libraries – Service Update, February 2021

Unfortunately, due to staffing issues we are having to make some changes to the days our hub libraries are able to open.

Central Library – Tuesday to Saturday (closed Mondays)
Brighouse Library – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Wednesdays)
Hebden Bridge Library – Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Tuesdays)
King Cross Library – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Wednesdays)
Sowerby Bridge Library (from 23rd Feb) – Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat (closed Mondays & Wednesdays)
Todmorden Library – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat (closed Thursdays)

All these libraries are open 10am – 4pm

As before, masks are required to be worn, social distancing to be maintained & there are hand sanitising stations available within each library.

All items currently on loan are due back on the 31st March, 2021 and will be extended if necessary.

It would be lovely if you could start to return any items that you have had out since before lockdown started last March. You can return them to any of our open libraries as per the list above! If you are not sure how many you have or even if you have any you can contact one of the above libraries and they will be able to let you know.

We are open for Phase one usage, which means you can return items, collect anything that you reserved & for limited IT usage (must be pre-booked).

You can, of course still access our online facilities as below:

  • Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from (until 24th February)
  • Next Wednesday, the 24th, we will move from Rbdigital to Libby/Overdrive, for eBooks and eAudio only. Magazines and comics will remain within RBDigital.
  • Calderdale Libraries are not yet live on the Libby app, so whilst you can download it, you will not be able to register until next Wednesday.
  • Any item on loan from RBDigital, will be available until the loan period expires. Once it is available on Libby, customers will be notified and able to switch to continue reading without interruption
  • Holds/Wishlist’s and loan history will not move over to Libby. It might be a good idea to keep a record of these, especially holds, so you can then place them on Libby. You can do this in the My account/profile section, where you can export a list
  • If you have previously registered with Libby (through a different library service), you will be able to reset the account to Calderdale from next Wednesday.
    Any problems or queries – please contact


An additional eAudio book service called uLIBRARY is also available. In order to use this service on a phone or tablet, you will need to download the uLIBRARY app from either the Google Play store or the Apple / iOS App Store. Alternatively, users can access the service on their PC’s or laptops by visiting:

As with our existing eBook service, you will need your CMBC Library card number (remembering to include a capital R at the beginning) and your PIN number, in order to join up to this service.

Access 24-hour reference resources from the Digital Library at

Enjoy story time and craft sessions at Libraries

Use the Home Library Service. E-mail: or call 01422 288062

Reading Friends chat, share stories and have fun

Do you enjoy a good book? Like looking at magazines or reading the paper? Would you like to chat over the phone about what you read? Or do you know someone else who would?
If so Calderdale Libraries would love to hear from you. We are starting a Reading Friends Chat and Natter scheme and are looking for anyone who would like to take part.
Please contact us on 01422 288028 or with the subject line Reading Friends for more information

SITA (Something in the Air)

The launch event, “Every Breath you Take”, will be on Zoom at 7pm on Weds March 3rd. You can sign up via Eventbrite:
Dr Mark Broomfield has written a captivating and readable book and it will be fascinating to hear what he has to say in person.
If you live in or around Sowerby Bridge, you may also be interested in borrowing & experimenting with an air quality monitor. These will be available in a few weeks’ time.

If you’d like to be kept updated about the project, further events & opportunities, please join our mailing list. Just send us an email at:

And don’t forget our Something in the Air? Facebook group.

Reading Well For Children

Calderdale Libraries has recently launched the Reading Well for Children book collection.
These books are specially chosen to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. Here is a video of one of our Children’s Librarians, Ben, introducing the collection.
The collection can be found and borrowed from Halifax Central Library, Brighouse Library, Hebden Bridge Library, King Cross Library, Sowerby Bridge Library, Todmorden Library and from the Home Library Service. Titles can be ordered via select and collect, all you have to do is phone, email or reserve via your library account on the Calderdale Libraries site

Children Coping With Covid Collection

Calderdale Libraries are delighted to announce a new collection of books that help children and families stay safe, calm, connected and hopeful. Some are available as free downloads, but many of the titles can be borrowed by Select and Collect, and are marked with a rainbow sticker.
Titles can be ordered via select and collect; all you have to do is phone, email or reserve via your library account on the Calderdale Libraries site
Here is a video of Ben introducing the Reading Well books which includes the titles.

Children’s Activities

On World Book Day March 4th look out for all our exciting activities and author readings for children on our social media sites– Facebook @Calderdale Libraries and Twitter @CMBClibraries.

Calling all family historians

Would you like some help with your family history? Perhaps you are looking to start but don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you’ve been doing it for a while and have hit a dead end. Our virtual one to one Ancestry sessions could be just the thing that you are looking for. To find out more information, or to book a place, please contact us at

Sylvia Plath Visits Heptonstall

We hope you’ll enjoy our latest Local Studies short film. It’s all about Sylvia Plath and her connection with Heptonstall:

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