Libraries in Kirklees are free to use. There is no cost to join the library, and there is no expectation that people need to spend anything to be there. They are non-judgemental places of safety.
There are 24 libraries across Kirklees. All of our libraries are heated, so are comfortable to stay in for long periods of time. Every building has a range of both comfy seating, and more functional furniture for study or computer use. They are a place to keep warm, meet friends, sit and read and take part in activities.
Libraries have knowledgeable staff who will help you find information from reliable and accurate online sources and vast book collections. They can also guide you to relevant services to support your needs.
What you can do at the library
Anyone can access free wi-fi in all 24 libraries. We have places to sit and use your devices and also places to charge them. There is also free access to computers at all libraries. You can book online or drop into any library.
You can also borrow devices and SIM cards. Digital access and skills training tells you how to apply for a device or card online.
Libraries have a vast range of free events and activities. Some events need to be booked in advance.
- Book events on Kirklees Libraries event tickets
- Children and Young People tells you about regular children's activities.
Ask at your local library about group activities. They may include:
- Local history groups
- Family history groups including ancestry sessions
- Knit and natter
- Men's groups
- Coffee and chat to make friends, share skills
- Creative writing
- IT skills
- Job clubs
- Craft groups
- Support and advice groups: Long COVID, stop smoking, making positive changes, Police, parenting, baby weighing
- Seated fitness including tai chi and magic chairs
- Fitness, including walking groups for different levels
- Reader's groups
- Poetry groups
- Film clubs
- Gaming groups
- Gardening groups
Kirklees Libraries work with community partners to support a variety of initiatives in local communities. Ask at your local library about community projects. They may include:
Join the library and use library resources
You can join Kirklees libraries online or at any library. Your library ticket is a gateway to all free library services.
Search, reserve or renew books for free. They can be delivered to a library of your choice for collection. There are no fines for late returns.
As a library member you have access to many free online resources:
- Extensive e-book and e-audio collections , with books highlighted to support with mental health, health and wellbeing, and saving money:
- Press Reader catalogue of over 7000 online newspapers and magazines
- Many other online resources. Examples include resources to support your business, become a British citizen, or pass your driving theory test
- A regular KR Talking News podcast which shares local stories, news articles and information for those who cannot access printed material
- A regular electronic newsletter informing people about free events and activities in libraries.
- The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BPIC) at Dewsbury Library offers free guidance, support and resources.
- The Business and Intellectual Property collection of e-books is also available.