Our story so far


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 – scroll down to read about these donors.

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


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


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


On 28 January 2017 we finally opened!

Hudds Exam Library opening

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.

Our donors, 2013 – 16


It took 4 years to raise over the £240,000 required to build our new community building, thanks to the work of a committed group of local volunteers and the financial and other support given by a wide range of donors and local business supporters.

We are very grateful for the many donations we received during this, our construction phase, from those made locally in our collecting tins to the large number of individual donations from a wide range of organisations.

We would like to thank our key donors for their significant donations:

  • Kirklees Council, Denby Dale Area Committee and Denby Dale Parish Council
  • A number of charitable trusts: Garfield Weston Foundation, Cheridan Raithby, Huddersfield Common Good and Sir George Martin
  • Local businesses Nisa, Yorkshire’s Finest who chose us as the nominated charity at their 2015 charity ball and the Emley Players who have donated their time to run several Murder Mystery evenings for us.


We are lucky to live in a supportive and proactive local business community. This long list of individuals and businesses helped us during our construction phase, by donating their expertise and/or materials, either at reduced rates or  free of charge.  We thank them all!

First of all we have received valuable advice and support from these professional advisers:


Karen and Andrew Fox, Partners in Orange Circle, have provided – and continue to provide – marketing expertise, including designing this website.

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Alyson Ronan of Ronan Developments came up with the design of our building and amended it many times as our needs have evolved.  She has also steered our planning application through Kirklees.

Secondly, these businesses generously supplied goods and materials, either at reduced rates or free of charge:


We would like to thank the BuyitDirect group in Huddersfield for supplying the TV monitor in our building. Find out about the range of products through their dedicated websites:

Our awards



In April 2016 we were proud to receive an award in person from the Duke of York.  His Community Initiative is a Royal Award presented to community groups. To win an award a project must be ‘owned, developed and led by the people they serve, be of real value to the community, be well run and an inspiration to others.’

If you would like to find out more about the Duke of York’s Community Initiative please go to www.thedukeofyorkscommunityinitiative.org.uk



On 27 May 2017 we were proud to receive one of the Huddersfield Examiner Community Awards, for the Community Project of 2017. The Awards Gala Dinner was hosted by ITV news presenter Nina Hussein and our award was presented by Helen Thewlis, Head of Family Law at Ramsdens Solicitors.  Announcing us as the winner Helen said the judges had chosen Denby Dale Community Library over two other brilliant community projects ‘for the sheer size and scale of what we have achieved, in turning our ambition into reality.’