The following information is taken from Calderdale Libraries newsletter and details their plans for a phased and COVID-safe reopening.
The provisional date for Central Library to re-open is the 11 August. Please check the council website for future confirmation of this date and other library reopening dates. There is a rolling programme to introduce more libraries and we will keep our website updated with details.
Renewals and returns
Until all Calderdale libraries reopen, the due date for all items currently on loan has been extended until 30 September. Please hold onto any items that you have and do not try to post them through letterboxes or leave outside libraries. No fines will be issued until further notice.
Daily opening hours of Halifax Central Library: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
During this initial phase of reopening you can:
Collect pre-ordered items
Request items held at a library
Access e-books, e-audio books, digital magazines and comics. All are available to download free from https://calderdale.rbdigitalglobal.com/
Access 24-hour reference resources from the Digital Library at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library
Enjoy story time and craft sessions at facebook.com/Calderdale Libraries
Use the Home Library Service. E-mail: HomeLibraryService@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 288062.
Phase 2: planned to continue until the end of 2020.
During phase 2 of re-opening you will also be able to:
Access public computers, printers and photocopiers, with some limitations
View local studies resources, by appointment
Use public toilets and baby changing facilities.
The following will, unfortunately, not be available in either phase:
Meeting room space
Newspapers and magazines
Not a member of Calderdale Libraries?
If you or someone you know is not a member but would like to use thesirservices, they can join online and they will be emailed their library card number. Access the online form here:
Any queries, email: email@example.com
MORE LIBRARY UPDATES AND INFO
Whilst the libraries are closed readers can always use the digital library which includes free E-Books, E-Audiobooks, E-Magazines & E-Comics
They have over 4600 e-books, 3300 e-audio & over 3000 e-magazines. To have a browse & register, click on this link: https://calderdale.rbdigitalglobal.com
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 and then put a Capital R in front of the number whenever you are trying to log into your account or registering for the online service on RB Digital.
Magazines on RB Digital
The library service have a large selection of fabulous magazines available to download from RB digital. They, of course, include all the top ones that many people like to read but also 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.
Virtual Readers Group
The next book will be Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively and it will be discussed it on Saturday 22nAugust at 4pm. Please download the eAudio version & join the discussion.
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 Calderdale 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 https://calderdale.ulverscroftulibrary.com
– and logging in (again, this will require a valid CMBC library card and PIN number).
Home Library Service
The Home Library delivery service is still operating and is open to anyone who needs it.
The Home Library service is operating on a strict no-contact delivery basis.
Sign up online: Home Library Service application https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/forms/home-library-service-application
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: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-libraryand 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: https://calderdale.spydus.co.uk/cgibin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/WPAC/HOME?HOMEPRMS=GENPARAMS 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsv6EzWSYW0
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:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCERHg0txdNmP-7ohhEmrCEg 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/270192487563768/?ref=share
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.
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General Library queries
If you have queries about loans, accessing your library account, joining the library or general library matters, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org