SIR - This week Cleckheaton celebrates the 90th birthday of our library. It was designed, built and filled with books at the expense of the Mowat family, who donated it to the people of Cleckheaton in November 1930.

It’s on Historic England’s list of nationally important buildings.

Generations of Cleckheaton residents have grown up benefitting from the library. Its free computers and space for study have been vital for students and people without access to the internet. In 2018 it was at risk of closure. In the last year Kirklees Council has invested money to repair the roof, replace boilers, and refurbish the events room.

The Friends of Cleckheaton Library supports staff to make the most of what the library offers, including storytime for babies and toddlers; groups such as art, craft, writing, poetry, wargames, Lego, indoor curling, Tai Chi, Nordic walking; and a pop-up cafe on the first Saturday morning of each month.

Due to Covid19, the library is temporarily closed. When it is fully open again, we will resume activities and hope to have an exhibition celebrating its 90 years. If anyone has photos or mementos that we could copy and include, contact the Friends group at or email

Erica Amende, vice chair, Friends of Cleckheaton Library