Calderdale library service: latest updates 

There are lots of ways to access Calderdale’s library services during lockdown.  Here is more information.

Home Library Service

The Home Library delivery service is still operating and is open to people who are vulnerable or shielding at home.

The Home Library service is operating on a strict no-contact delivery basis.

You can sign up online Home Library Service application 
Or phone: (01422)288062
OR email:

Online Services

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:

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 and 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
– and logging in (again, this will require a valid CMBC library card and PIN number).

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 and 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 and 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. They can’t access the physical stock in the libraries but there is still a lot they can help with.


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 the 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: 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.   The library service 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.

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,  an open FaceBook group called Something in the Air has been set up which you can reach here:

Social Media

The Library Service can be found 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:

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