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 – 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.


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.