Local History

Local History Library © Nick Harrison

Local History Library

This busy library 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 houses, school projects and community heritage in Salford.

Looking for maps and photographs of old Salford? Researching your family tree? Salford Local History Library is the place to be!

The library's extensive collection includes Family History sources (from 1841), maps (from 1848), newspapers (from 1858), more than 50,000 photographs and a wide range of other useful material, including:

  • Access to the People's Network and online family history resources
  • Street directories for Manchester and Salford
  • Census returns for Salford
  • Maps and plans of areas of the city
  • Over 50,000 historical photographs of the city

Opening hours

Tuesday9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*
Wednesday9.30am to 8.00pm (drop-in)
Thursday9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*
Friday9.30am to 12.30pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm*


Check availability of appointments on the Google Calendar. Booking is essential, call 0161 778 0814 to make an appointment. Please note on Wednesdays booking is not required.

Fees and charges

Check our fees & 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 local.history@scll.co.uk.

Work has begun on digitising the visual heritage of the city.

Using images from the Local History Library's collection of 70,000 photographs, staff are working closely with a small team of enthusiastic volunteers to help residents identify what buildings, streets, places and businesses mean most to them.