Libraries for hearing impaired and deaf people

We have a wide range of up to date information and material available for people who have a hearing impairment.

The Central Library has a range of books about deaf issues and culture.

Library staff have attended deaf awareness training and training on how to communicate with deaf people.

Counter Loops

The library service is fitting counter loops at many of the branch libraries in Calderdale to enhance communication with deaf customers.

A counter loop is available at the Central Library, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse, Todmorden, Rastrick, Hipperholme, King Cross and Shelf libraries.

Sign language

We offer a sign language interpreting service provided by registered NRCPD (National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People) professionals. For more details, email: or phone: 01422 392823.


Many DVDs and BluRay discs contain sub-titles as a standard feature, sometimes in several languages. DVDs can be played on most PCs as well as on DVD players and BluRay discs on Playstation 3 consoles, as well as BluRay players. You will find them in our Sound + Vision collections at most Calderdale libraries.

For DVD and BluRay enquiries please contact David Duffy on 01422 392602.

The service also offers an online British Sign Language video service. All enquiries to Pauline Connolly.

For more details and products for deaf people, please contact:


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