Libraries for children

Adult and child reading a book

Joining the library is free for everyone!

In Calderdale, under-16s benefit from no fines and easy instant joining. This is because accidents happen, we do not charge for damage to board and picture books issued on an under-5s' ticket.

Computer use and Internet access is free and the applications available include:

  • MS Word;
  • Excel;
  • and Powerpoint.

All our PC's have USB ports, so you can save your work or bring files you have already made.

You can book ahead, just ask at the library, also see: Internet and computing .

For homework, where there is no loanable source, you can have up to four photocopies or computer print outs, free.

We have visiting authors and artists on a regular basis. Entry to these events is usually free, but there may be a small charge.

For under 5s

Busy Babies

Baby bounce and rhyme sessions for babies and toddlers are held at:

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. There is a fee of £2 per child (free for Passport to Leisure holders).


This is a national book gifting programme. It gives a free pack of books, games and activity ideas to children aged 9 months and again at 36 months.

If you have not received your packs yet, contact our Early Years librarian by phone: 01422 392620.

Count Me In

Count Me In 1,2,3 encourages learning about numeracy through picture books. There are three packs available and each contains a book, games and activities which are fun and educational. Count Me In bags are available for families to borrow from all Calderdale Libraries.

For more details, contact our Early Years librarian by phone: 01422 392638.


Storytelling sessions for children aged 2 - 4 years

These activities are usually based on well-loved children’s books or authors and include stories and crafts. Storytots take place during school holidays.

There is a charge of £2 or £3 per child, for this activity.

For more activities in Calderdale libraries and other venues, please see: Do Something! .

For young people

Summer Reading Challenge

Every summer we issue a challenge to Calderdale’s 4-12 year olds. Can you read six books during the summer holidays and collect prizes for every two books you read?

Sign up at any library, collect a joining pack and start reading! Everyone who completes the game will get a great prize, medal and certificate.


Discover delivers services for children, families, schools and education settings in Calderdale’s libraries, museums, galleries, schools and associated venues. For more details, contact:

  • Username Discover
  • Email
  • Telephone 01422 392619
  • Address
    Discover Team
    Unit 1 Heath Campus
    Linden Road
    HX3 0BS

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