Investing in Sowerby Bridge and Mytholmroyd libraries


Sowerby Bridge Library is reopening on Monday 8 January following the completion of major refurbishment works.

The library is over 100 years old and suffered from a number of age-related issues. It closed last summer to allow repairs to the roof, the installation of a new boiler system, plus upgrades to the library space with decoration and new carpeting.

Work is now finished, and the library will be open to customers from 10am on Monday 8 January.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said:

“We know how important libraries are for communities in Calderdale and we’re investing in their future by making sure they’re fit for purpose.

“The important work at Sowerby Bridge Library is now complete and has brought this old building up to modern standards with improved facilities for visitors.”

Improvements to Calderdale libraries continue, and work to improve the resilience of Mytholmroyd Library will begin on Monday 29 January. It will be necessary to close the library to allow these works to take place and the closure is scheduled to last four weeks.

The works taking place will improve the flood resilience of the library and enable it to be better used as a flood hub if necessary. Work is taking place to strengthen the upper floor of the building and upgrade IT connectivity during flood hub situations.

During the closure, library stock and PCs will be protected but remain on site. Some work will continue for a further four weeks after it reopens, which could cause some noise disruption for customers.

Mytholmroyd Library users will be given longer loan periods in the run up to the closure. There is also the option to renew and reserve library stock or download ebooks and audiobooks online at

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