Salford’s Working Class Library reading room is to reopen on the 15th September

Visits will be by appointment only, , and at present they can only have two researchers in the reading room on any one day, to ensure that they are following social distancing guidelines and enhanced cleaning procedures.  (They may also need to limit the amount of material requested on any one day).

To enquire about booking a place, please email

They will be open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 4pm at present.  In order to offer places to as many people as possible they are trialling a system where no one reader can book a place for more than two days in any fortnight period

The Library asks you to request the material that you’d like to consult in advance of your visit and are happy to help you to identify relevant material as part of the booking process.

All library/archive items are being quarantined for at least 72 hours after use. This might mean that an item is not available when you want it; we’ll make every effort to let you know in advance of your visit.

Meanwhile  live-streamed talks will begin again on Wednesday 30 September at 2pm with a talk by sociologist Lisa McKenzie, author of Getting by: estates, class and culture in austerity Britain.

The free talks will run weekly, and full details are on our events page here.  Some of the talks will link with the topics of our Begin the World Over Again project, including Dee Malik-Johnson helping us celebrate Black History Month with a talk on activist and boxer Len Johnson, and President of the Labour Land Campaign Dave Wetzel talking on ‘the historic theft of land’.

Good friend to the Library Cyril Pearce will talk about his long-awaited study of resistance to the First World War in communities in England, Scotland and Wales, Communities of Resistance.

There’s one week where we will be hosting an event on a Thursday instead of a Wednesday, as we take part on 19 November in the Being Human Festival with an event which will act as the finale to our podcast project Begin the World Over Again.


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