Calderdale Libraries – Lots To Offer Online

As part of the effort to stop the spread of Coronavirus, all Calderdale’s libraries are now closed until further notice. However, they are still offering some great services and information – here’s their latest news round-up!

Online Services

Free E-Books, E-Audiobooks, E-Magazines & E-Comics
Whilst our libraries are closed you can always use our digital library.
We have over 4600 e-books, 3300 e-audio & over 3000 e-magazines. To have a browse, click on this link:

The loan period is 14 days – and items are automatically ‘returned’, with no fines to pay and no trip to the library needed.
You can register for RBDigital here:

To access these services you will need your library card & PIN.

Not a member of Calderdale Libraries?

If you or someone you know is not a member but would like to use these services, they can join online and we will email their library card number. You can access our online form here:
Any queries, email:

Home Library Service

The Home Library Service is free to anyone living in Calderdale who is unable to visit their local library usually for reasons of ill-health, disability, age or frailty BUT because all our libraries are closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic this service is available to everyone. The Home Library service is operating on a strict no-contact delivery basis.

Online: Home Library Service application
Phone: (01422)288062

Digital Reference Library

This is a collection of top quality websites which Calderdale Libraries’ members can access free of charge. They are great for study or for leisure.
Visit: and select any resource under the 24 Hour reference resources heading. In most cases, you will need your library card number ready, to log in.

Ancestry & Find My Past

Thanks to the generosity of both companies, access has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely. Log into your library account here: and you’ll see the links to follow.
To access these services you will need your library card & PIN.

Information & Enquiry service

You can still contact a member of the Information Services & Local Studies team with the questions or information needs you would usually come into a library for. This could be general information, sign-posting, local or family history enquiries. We can’t access the physical stock in the libraries but there is still a lot we can help with. Contact:

Local History tasters

Whilst working from home, Sarah, from Libraries’ Local Studies & Information Services team, is making some short local history films. The first film is an introduction to Chartism in Calderdale. Chartism was a mass working class movement in the 1830s and 1840s which called for increased voting rights.



The second film is a zoom interview with three of the Midgley Pace Egg Players, talking about the history of the Pace Egg Play, traditionally performed on Good Friday across Calderdale.

Sarah is currently working on another short film about the Plug Riots of 1842 and there may be more to follow.

A Virtual Reading Spa

In these strange and unusual times, books are something that people can turn to for familiarity and comfort. If we can help you to find a new author and get out of the “reading rut” you may have found yourself in, or maybe just rediscover reading, then please get in touch. A short questionnaire will find out what you have read in the past, what books you don’t enjoy and what sort of fiction you are drawn to.
We can then offer a “prescription” of titles you will be able to find on our eBooks catalogue. To find out more, please contact

Book Discussion Group

We are in the process of putting together a virtual discussion group where we can share our thoughts and tips on all sorts of themes relating to reading, eg What sort of book do you like to take on holiday; What is your ideal comfort read; The book I am reading now etc etc.
Keep checking our Facebook page for more information on how to get involved.

Children’s Activities

Check out the Calderdale Libraries Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest library information for children, plus great activities for all the family. Go to Calderdale Libraries Facebook page or see us on Twitter @CMBClibraries

Renewals and returns

All items currently out on loan are now due back on the 15th June and this will be extended further if necessary. Please hold onto any items that you have and do not try to post them through letterboxes or leave outside libraries.

General Library queries

If you have queries about loans, accessing your library account, joining the library or general library matters, contact:

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