Category Archives: Libraries

When the New Central Library in Halifax opens later this year members of the public will be able to use its services six days a week.  Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press said:  “Currently the Central Library in Halifax is closed on Wednesdays, however the new library will be open… read more … about New Central Library will open six days a week>>

Artist's impression of the new library, from Square Road

Book lovers in Calderdale are in for a treat as inspiring author events are taking place in libraries across the borough as part of Read Regional 2017.  Founded in 2008, Read Regional is a celebration of brilliant new books from the North of England, run in partnership by New Writing North, Calderdale libraries and 22… read more … about Take a risk on a new northern author at Calderdale libraries>>


The Square Church rose window is being painstakingly repaired as part of Calderdale Council’s new Central Library and Archive building in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  The Square Church first opened in 1857 but closed in 1969 after congregations dwindled.  Disaster struck in 1971 when the roof and interior were destroyed by fire.  Most of the remaining… read more … about Bloom returns to Square Church rose window>>

Rose jpeg

Calderdale Council is placing libraries at the heart of local communities with a range of opportunities to connect residents to knowledge, information and skills to enrich their lives.  At the meeting of Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 12 December, members will consider adopting this new strategy to take libraries forward, allowing them to remain relevant… read more … about Putting libraries at the heart of the community>>

Cllr Susan Press web

Calderdale Libraries are boldly going where they’ve never gone before, as they host their first Science Fiction Festival.  Events run from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 September at Brighouse Library and Halifax Central Library and includes film screenings, author talks, special effects demonstrations and much more.  The Festival is suitable for both adults and children;… read more … about A Festival that is out of this world>>

Sci-fi festival

Hebden Bridge Library is fully reopening on Thursday 29 September, after refurbishment following the flooding at the end of last year.  The Boxing Day floods caused over £100,000 of damage to books, equipment, fixtures and fittings. Around 5000 books, DVDs and CDs were ruined. The shelving, other furniture, counter and self-service machine were also damaged… read more … about A new chapter for flood-hit library>>

Cllr Susan Press web

Visitors to Bankfield Museum in Halifax will benefit from new exhibitions, improved access and a new multi-use space for community groups, after Calderdale Council secured £120,000 from the Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund. The Council will use the funding in a variety of ways to attract a wider range of visitors from all backgrounds;… read more … about Funding boost for Bankfield Museum>>

Bankfield entrance

Budding archaeologists can learn the secrets of Halifax’s past at a special summer event for children at Halifax Central Library. The Archaeological Adventure tells the story of the recent dig in the Square Church graveyard.  Before building work could start on the new Central Library and Archive, the burial ground at Square Church had to… read more … about Join us on an Archaeological Adventure!>>