Huddersfield Library has recently relocated and is inviting the public to join in the festivities at its Open Day, which will showcase the library’s new spaces in the town centre. With over 30,000 visitors already welcomed since the move, the Open Day promises to be a day filled with exciting activities. The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from 10am to 3pm, and will take place across both temporary library locations.

The library’s team made the decision to move out of the Grade II Listed former library building as part of the ambitious plans for Our Cultural Heart, a project aimed at revitalising Huddersfield town centre. The first phase of this transformative project involves the construction of a modern community library, set to open in winter 2025/6. This new library will be housed alongside a vibrant food hall in the Grade II Listed former Queensgate Market Hall, as well as an outdoor events space. The release of additional funds for the next stage of the landmark regeneration program will be discussed during a cabinet meeting next week.

The Open Day offers an array of engaging activities for visitors of all ages. One of the highlights is the Create a Bag for Life event, allowing attendees to personalise their own reusable bags. Additionally, there will be Storytime sessions specifically catered to children up to the age of five, fostering a love for reading from an early age. For those interested in strategic and tactical challenges, the Chess club will be available at the Customer Services Centre on Market Street.

Over at Victoria Lane, visitors will have the opportunity to meet the Local Studies Library team, who provide valuable support for local and family history inquiries. Attendees can peruse an extensive collection of maps, books, photographs, and newspapers pertaining to Kirklees. Furthermore, Discover Huddersfield will be leading a guided walk, offering a chance to explore the town’s hidden gems. The Kirklees Transcription Service will also be present, showcasing equipment designed to assist individuals with visual impairments.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Growth and Regeneration, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “We embarked on this exciting journey earlier this year when the libraries moved out of their previous location as part of the Our Cultural Heart plans to revitalise Huddersfield town centre. I am thrilled that the team can now officially celebrate the opening of their temporary spaces with this family-oriented Open Day.”

He further emphasised the upcoming delivery phase of Our Cultural Heart and the anticipation surrounding the construction of the new, contemporary library. In the meantime, he encouraged everyone to attend the Open Day, where they can explore their family history, receive expert advice regarding visual impairments, or simply enjoy a day of fun-filled activities.