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Services for students

Find out what facilities we have to help students.

We welcome students to our library and have a range of facilities that will help you with your studies.

Opening hours

At Central Library these are:

  • Monday from 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Tuesday from 10am to 5.30pm.
  • Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm.
  • Thursday from 10am to 6.30pm.
  • Friday from 10am to 5.30pm.
  • Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Study space and PCs

  • There is a quiet study area with power points on the second floor and limited space elsewhere in the library. Please ask a member of staff if you are looking for somewhere to study.
  • All customers can use the PCs for 70 minutes per day.
  • We have Wi-Fi printing available.
  • We have a photocopier on the ground floor and lower ground floor.
  • You are welcome to bring a bottle of water into the library, but food cannot be eaten inside.
  • You do not need a library card to come and use our study space!


Use our OPAC to search for the books you want, then come to the library and collect them. (Note: You will need to be logged onto a PC or using the app.)

You can also use the Spydus app to search for books and manage your loans. For more about the app, please see: Join the library.

Staff are always happy to help if you cannot find the item you are looking for!

  • Second floor for non-fiction stock.
  • First floor for adult fiction and the young adult collection.
  • Lower ground floor for local history.
  • Books can be issued at the self-service machines on the ground floor.

Careers books

We have a selection of books to help you with career and further study decisions.


We have a collection of over 5,000 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eComics.

If you do not have a library card

  • Come along to the library and register at the desks on the ground floor.
  • Apply online and pick up the card when you visit, see: Join the library.
  • If you are under 16, you need permission to join from a parent or guardian.

Digital library

We have a wide range of resources that can be used at home or in the library.

These include:

  • dictionaries;
  • a range of resources to help you with your studies;
  • historical local and national newspapers;
  • and even the driving theory test.

To find out more, see: Digital library.

Links to local history resources

Would you like to learn more about the history of Calderdale? These following sites contain a wealth of information.

  • Weaver to Web. 20,000 digital articles and images illustrating the history of Calderdale.
  • Glimpse of the past. Snapshots of people, places and events that made Calderdale.

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