The library situated at Salford Museum & Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday and holds a huge collection of photographs, documents and newspapers relating to Salford’s past. It is increasingly popular for family history research, delving into the history of the houses, school projects and community heritage in Salford.

Looking for maps and photographs of old Salford? Researching your family tree? Our local history library will have something for you!

The library’s extensive collection includes family history sources (from 1841), maps (from 1848), newspapers (from 1858), more than 70,000 photographs and a wide range of other useful material, including:

  • Online access, including access to family history resources
  • Street directions for Manchester and Salford
  • Census returns for Salford
  • Maps and plans of areas of the city
  • Over 70,000 historical photographs of the city and surrounding areas

Opening Hours

*By appointment only, call 0161 778 0814 to book

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – 9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*
  • Wednesday – 9.30am to 8.00pm (drop-in)
  • Thursday – 9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*
  • Friday – 9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed

You can check appointment availability via their Google Calendar. Booking is essential on the days mentioned above. Please call 0161 778 0814 to make an appointment. Please note on Wednesdays, booking is not required.

Fees and Charges

Check our fees and charges for details about our microfilm, camera usage and photocopy charges.

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries, please call us on 0161 778 0814 or email the library directly.