Calderdale Libraries Set To Begin Re-Opening

Calderdale Libraries have sent out the following newsletter covering their plans to carry out a staged re-opening in the weeks to come:

We have been working hard to make our libraries Covid Safe. This means that when we open we will be operating in a different way to usual. We have a phased plan for reopening During phase 1, and for a minimum period of 2 weeks, we will offer:

Phase 1
Daily opening hours Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. During this initial phase of reopening you can:

·      Return items

·      Collect pre-ordered items

·      Request items held at this library

·      Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from

·      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

Phase 2

During phase 2 of re-opening you will also be able to:

·      Browse stock

·      Access public computers, printers and photocopiers, with some limitations

·      View Local Studies resources, by appointment

·      Use public toilets & baby changing facilities
Phase 2 arrangements will continue until the end of 2020

The following will, unfortunately, not be available in either phase:

·      Study space

·      Meeting room space

·      Newspapers & Magazines

The provisional date for Central Library to re-open is the 11th August. Please check the council website for future confirmation of this date. There is a rolling programme to introduce more libraries and we will keep our website updated with details.

We look forward to welcoming you all back


Magazines on RBDigital

We have a large selection of fabulous magazines available to download. They, of course, include all the top ones that many people like to read but we really think there are magazines for everyone, including:

Amateur Photographer, The Week, Auto Express, Cycling Weekly, Apple Magazine, Lonely Planet Traveller, Artists & Illustrators, Total Film, Separate Men’s & Women’s Health, Who Do You Think You Are, PC Pro, Country Walking, How It Works, Golf Monthly, FourFourTwo & F1Racing UK amongst many others.

Plus for children: The Week Junior, Storytime, National Geographic Kids plus a large selection of comics.

Children’s Activities

What will you be reading for the Summer Reading Challenge?
Join the #SillySquad2020 by signing up at and check out what ebooks you can borrow from us.

Renewals and returns

Because we can’t be sure, at this stage, which libraries will re-open when, the due date for all items currently on loan has been extended until 30th September. Please hold onto any items that you have and do not try to post them through letterboxes or leave outside libraries.

Virtual Readers Group

Our next book will be Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively & we will be discussing it on Saturday 22nd August at 4pm. Please download the eAudio version & join our discussion.

Tip of the Day

Remember to put a Capital R in front of your library card whenever you are trying to log into your account or registering for RBDigital.

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 & register, 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.
To access these services you will need your library card (number prefixed by a capital R).

uLIBRARY a second eAudio book service.

In order to use this service, you will need to download the uLIBRARY app from either the Google Play store or the Apple / iOS App Store.
Again 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.
Alternatively, users can access the service on their PC’s or laptops by visiting
– and logging in (again, this will require a valid CMBC library card and PIN number).

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

Our Home Library delivery service is still operating and is open to anyone who needs it. We have limited access to library stock so might not have the exact titles you’d like but our dedicated and experienced staff will do their best to match you up with something which fits the bill.
The Home Library service is operating on a strict no-contact delivery basis.
Sign up 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: select any resource under the 24 Hour reference resources heading. In most cases, you will need your library card number ready, to log in.
Oxford University Press have a valuable educational resource for children called Oxford Owl.

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.

Calling all family historians

Do you need a helping hand with your family history research? Library volunteers are offering free one to one virtual tuition on how to research your family history online. For more information or to book a session, please email:

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, various staff, from Libraries’ Local Studies & Information Services team, are making some short local history films. These are our two latest:

The History of Libraries in Calderdale
A film about the history of libraries in Calderdale, produced by Sarah Rose.
Youtube link is

The Secret World of the Brontes
This new, short film, produced by Gill Carpenter, in the Libraries’ Local Studies team, has been receiving lots of compliments. Here is a selection:

·      Another excellent film! You have a real talent for storytelling!

·      That was really, really fab!! I loved it.

·      Thanks very much. I was really impressed with the video, it’s very interesting and informative.
Why not take time to have a watch: all the videos including Local History films and kids activities are uploaded here.

Local & Family History email circulars

If you would like to be added to the list to receive emails specifically about Local & Family History news, resources (and in normal times, events & activities), please email:

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

Something in the Air?

If you live in the Sowerby Bridge area and are interested in air quality, how we measure it, what we know about it, what impact it has on respiratory health and what measures can be taken to improve it, we have something for you. We’ve set up an open FaceBook group called Something in the Air? which you can reach here:
Read all sorts of interesting posts, add your own comments and post on anything that interests you around the topic.
This is the first phase of a project which is part of the national ‘Engaging Libraries 2’ initiative. In the next year, there will be lots more happening, so keep an eye on FaceBook.

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at:

General Library queries

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