Our story so far

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In 2013 we set-up a charitable trust, Denby Dale Community Project, to save our threatened village library. Our aim was to raise sufficient funds to replace the old library building, by constructing and establishing a new community building.

Between 2013-15 we raised over £240,000 from a wide range of donors – click on that page to read more.

In 2014 we were the first library in Kirklees to recruit a team of volunteers, to support Kirklees Library Service’s professional staff.

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In 2015 we acquired the freehold to the old building and car park, thanks to an asset transfer from Kirklees Council.

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Between 2015 and 2016 we worked with a contractor, Huddersfield based Zubarah, to get the building constructed.

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On 28 January 2017 we finally opened!

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Please note that, while we are registered with the Charity Commission as the Denby Dale Community Project, we now operate day-to-day as Denby Dale Community Library and, for short, DDCL.