Halifax Libraries


Halifax Central Library

There had been several private and subscription libraries in Halifax from the 18th century.

In 1890, Belle Vue House was sold to Halifax Corporation in 1899, and became Halifax Central (!) Library in 1890, and Belle Vue Museum in 1897. The library was located in a single-storey extension to the north of the house, and the museum was in the main house.

When the facilities at Belle Vue proved inadequate, the new Central Library opened next door to Northgate House in February 1983, at a cost of £1,800,000. The writer, Lady Antonia Fraser, performed the opening ceremony.

There are [or were] branch libraries at:

The Central library is closed all day on Wednesdays

The Branch libraries have different opening hours

In July 2008, it was announced that the Central Library facilities and Northgate House, Halifax would be closed and the land sold for retail development. New premises would be built on the redeveloped Broad Street site.

In 2010, it was decided not to relocate the Central Library.

In October 2011, Calderdale Council's Cabinet voted to recommend that Northgate House and the Central Library and archives be disposed of and a new library and archive be built on a site near Square Spire.

The Council facilities from Northgate House are to be rehoused in existing Council properties.

Work on the new Library began in 2015 and will be accessible from the refurbished Piece Hall.

Halifax Reference Library

Located at Halifax Central Library, the Reference Library holds an extensive collection of archives, maps, photographs, books, pamphlets, histories and other documents of local interest.

It houses over 1,000,000 documents in the Calderdale section of the county archives.

If you plan to photocopy the documents, take a pocket-full of small change.

The Central library is closed all day on Wednesdays.

Many local branch libraries also have a reference section which is open to readers

Libraries, News Rooms & Reading Rooms

Akroyd Branch Library
Akroydon Library
Albert Place Working Men's Reading Room

Bailiff Bridge Library
Bank Top Library, Southowram
Bankfield Library, Halifax
Beechwood Road Library
Bradshaw Branch Library
Bradshaw Library
Brighouse Library
Brighouse Subscription Library
Brighouse Working Men's Reading Room
Brooks' Library, Halifax

Caddy Field Branch Library
Caddy Field Library
Copley Library
Cornholme Library
Crimsworth Reading & Recreation Room, Pecket Well
Cross Lee Library, Todmorden

Dale Street Co-operative Society's Library
Dean Clough Institute, Halifax

Elland Library
Elland Technical Institute & Library
Ellen Royde Library, Elland
Exchange News Rooms

Green End Reading Room, Old Town
Harry Greenwood & Sons
Greetland Library

Halifax Book Club
Halifax Central Library
Halifax Church Institute
Halifax Circulating Library
Halifax Circulation Library
Halifax Co-operative Society Library
Halifax Lending Library
Halifax Mechanics' Institute
Halifax Modern Library
Halifax New Subscription Library
Halifax Public Reading Room
Halifax Subscription Library
Harley Wood Library, Todmorden
Hebden Bridge Co-operative Society Reading Room
Hebden Bridge Library
Hipperholme Public Library

Illingworth Library

King Cross Library

Lee Mount Library
Luddenden Circulating Library
Luddenden Library
Luddendenfoot Library

Mixenden Library
Mudies Subscription Library
Mytholmroyd Library

News Rooms
Northgate End Library
Northowram Library

Old Cock Library, Halifax
Ovenden Library

Pellon Library
Pye Nest Library

Rastrick Free Library
Rastrick Library, Crowtrees Lane
Rastrick Library, Ogden Lane
Ripponden Library
Ripponden Reading Room
Joseph & Alfred Rushworth

Shelf Library
Siddal Library
Silver Library, Hebden Bridge
Martha Simpson
Skircoat Library
Southowram Library
Sowerby Bridge Library
Sowerby Library
Stainland Library

Talbot News Room
Toadcarr Library, Todmorden
Todmorden Free Public Library
Todmorden Old Library
Triangle Reading & Bath Rooms

Victoria Library

Fred Wade (Booksellers & Stationers) Limited
Wainstalls Library
Walsden Library
Warley Library
Waterhouse Street Library
Wesley Court Reading Room
West Vale Library
Westgate Working Men's News Room, Elland


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