Calderdale Libraries announce Reading Friends

Calderdale Library Service has received funding, from the DCMS, to be part of the national Reading Friends project run by the Reading Agency. Reading Friends aims to tackle loneliness by bringing people together to read, chat and share stories.

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?

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

Harry Potter Book Night with Calderdale Libraries

The annual Harry Potter book event from  Calderdale Libraries is here once more, this time via the magic of the internet in your own home!

Event by Calderdale Libraries
Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC
Price: free
Public Anyone on or off Facebook
Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night with us on Thursday 4th February. As Hogwarts is closed this year, all students are home-schooling and we are offering a virtual opportunity for learning.
Renowned Potion Masters Professor BellaDonner, Clixxi and Blilk from Love Science have some new delights to share with you and Professor Binns has some enthralling and enlightening tales to tell. We are also being joined by twins and witches in training, Allegra & Minerva who attend our sister school the School of Spells AKA ZooLab, and they will introduce their animal sidekicks. It will be a wondrous evening of magical education.
All activities are pre-recorded and will be screened from 6pm on Thursday 4th February.

Calderdale Libraries Important Service Update

You will already know that the government has announced new national restrictions for England from Thursday 5th November. This is what this will mean for the service offered by Calderdale Libraries.

Many of you have enjoyed being able to return to the Central Library, Halifax and 5 of our Hub libraries in recent weeks. We have certainly enjoyed welcoming you back. From 5th November, however, we have to step back for a while – at least until the government review on 2nd December.

The only Calderdale library to remain open will be Central Library, Halifax. This will be for our Select & Collect service only:

This means we are returning to Phase 1, so there won’t be computer access, browsing, movement around the building beyond the ground floor or access to Local Studies or Archives.

Central Library will be open for this service Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

All other Calderdale libraries will be closed altogether during this period.

Items on loan will automatically be renewed until 31st January 2021

The Home Library Service will still be operating and this is currently open to anyone who wants to register to make use of it:
(note that the information in the blue box is applicable and the restrictions mentioned lower down don’t currently apply).

All our digital services will continue to be available too, so you can:

Enquiries/contact us

  • If you have general queries about library services, please email:
  • If you have Local Studies enquiries, you are welcome to email: Local Studies staff will do their best to help, though they won’t be in the library during this period so won’t be able to access hard copy resources.

Stay safe!


A great time to read – with Calderdale Libraries!

With the lockdown and movement restrictions in place, many have lost access to the Library, which is a vibrant place to pursue interests, discover something new or simply enjoy the atmosphere.

You still can!

With a wealth of online publications and a home delivery service for the more vulnerable members, it has never been easier.

Visit Calderdale Libraries online –

You can open a library account online and access some of the following services – absolutely free!

  • Browse the digital catalogue
  • Read books, comics, magazines or newspaper archives online
  • Sign for home delivery service – available to vulnerable individuals
  • FindMyPast: Free during the coronavirus lockdown
  • Study for your Driving Theory test online
  • And much more!

So what are you waiting for? Grab a nice cuppa, find your favourite spot and start reading!

The following bulletin was released for the Calderdale Libraries:

Whilst people can’t go out to the library now, that hasn’t stopped them reading! We have had 61 new members join the library and 25 more of our vulnerable customers have signed up for our home delivery service.

We have massively increased our digital range and there have been 928 Digital downloads (e-books, eaudio books, e-magazines and comics via RB digital) already during April. Last year was a record year with 26,039 Digital items downloaded. We expect to beat that easily this year!

We have been promoting the Digital Reference Library and particular components of it via various channels and once the technicalities are (very soon) ironed out, we will be offering additional free remote access to Ancestry and Find My Past.

We are working on a short local history film, linking a local area with its past and the resources (normally) available through libraries. If this works well, we will work on more.

From the children’s, young peoples’ and families point of view, our main engagement is through Calderdale Libraries social media, with lots of links to all the sites which are providing great content for children and families. We are getting geared up to post film of activities which can be done at home and will be recording some Rhymetime songs for families and little ones to join in with at home.

Calderdale Libraries

FREE Creative Writing Course at King Cross Library

The aim is to develop writing skills and to produce a collection of work.

Writing exercises suitable for novices or more experienced writers.

Starting with pair work and group writing.

Two meetings per month from 26th January to 25th May on;

  • 26 January 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 February 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 9 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 23 March 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 6 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 27 April 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 11 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • 25 May 2019 – 1:00pm-3:00pm

For more information, see King Cross Library or telephone: 01422 288028.

Please note, there is a 3 week break between course dates around the Easter holidays.

Free Arts and Crafts Activities for Heritage Festival at Central Library

Celebrating Halifax Heritage Festival there will be FREE craft activities at Halifax Central Library and Archives on Saturday  September 8, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Based in The Imaginarium, there will be an exciting range of creative activities on offer for all ages, inspired by heritage features of the library building.

No need to book – just drop in!

For more information about this event contact Local Studies Library.

Dr Simpo’s Crazy Comic Day

Brush up your art skills!

Develop your artistic side in the inspiring new Imaginarium at Central Library & Archives on Friday 10 August, 10:00am-3:30pm. This is your opportunity to learn with top artists and explore a variety of artistic mediums.

To celebrate 80 years of the Beano we are offering you the chance to pop along to this fantastic ‘Comic Book Creators’ workshop and have a go at creating a crazy character of your very own. Your character, along with all the other workshop attendees, will feature within a mini comic book anthology that will be sent to the Beano head office and perhaps one day feature in the Beano alongside the likes of Dennis the Menace, Minnie the Minx, Calamity James or even the Bash Street Kids.

Please note, this workshop runs from 10am – 3.30pm, Children should bring a packed lunch with them. 

Ages 10-14

To book a place go to Ticketsource.