More residents can visit their local library as many COVID restrictions go

Library shelves and

Kirklees Libraries have now extended their opening times so most branches are operating at pre-pandemic hours.

IT facilities (free computers and Wi-Fi) can be used without needing to book in advance which will further help people who do not have access to those facilities elsewhere.

Fresh reading material

Visitors will be encouraged to have a seat with their favourite novel after shelves have been replenished with new reading material and there are no longer restrictions on the length of stay. Local papers are also now available for those who prefer to read newspapers, although the full range of national and regional papers are available to read for free on Press reader.

Activities and events

A wide range of activities and events will gradually be reintroduced over the next few months as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, people can keep up to date with what’s happening in Kirklees Libraries by subscribing to one of our newsletters.

Councillor Paul Davies, Cabinet Member for Corporate said:

“Kirklees Libraries have been a lifeline to many people during the pandemic and have provided vital support to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Whilst I’m delighted to see the journey to more face-to-face contact taking shape, we must understand that the pandemic isn’t over. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back, but we want all our customers, staff and volunteers to feel safe in our libraries, so we’re asking everyone to be kind and respectful to others who may be feeling anxious following the easing of restrictions.”

“The virus is still out there so I would encourage everyone to keep themselves and those around them safe.”

Online resources

Residents can still access reading material from our fantastic range of online resources.