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William Salt Library
Eastgate Street
ST16 2LZ


Closure of William Salt Library building

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the requirement for social distancing for the protection of visitors and staff the William Salt Library building will not re-open to the public for the foreseeable future.

Mithra Tonking, Chair of the William Salt Library Trust said: ‘The trustees very much regret that we will not be able to open the grade II* listed William Salt Library building. Unfortunately it is not possible to implement the physical changes to ensure social distancing and to provide a safe environment for members of staff and visitors. Working with the Archive Service we are offering access to the Library’s collections through Staffordshire Record Office. Advance ordering of items will be required but we hope visitors will understand that these changes are necessary for now.’

From Tuesday 13 April limited access, where possible, will be available to the collection through the Staffordshire Record Office search room.

Requests for items from the collection during this period should be made by contacting Staffordshire Record Office by email at staffordshire.record.office@staffordshire.gov.uk. Please put 'William Salt Library' as the subject of your email.

Please note the following restrictions that will apply: 

  • Staffordshire Record Office will reopen from 13 April
  • it will be an appointment only service with the pre-ordering of items to be consulted
  • spaces will be limited to four per day to comply with social distancing and advance ordering of documents will be required
  • only items described in our online catalogue (see web address below) that are currently accessible may be requested
  • full details of the item(s), including reference numbers, are required and must be included in any request
  • a maximum of ten items may be requested per visit. Any subsequent items would only be made available through negotiation
  • a minimum of a week’s notice is required for the production of items prior to any visit
  • published material that have been ordered for consultation in the Record Office will be subject to a 72 hour quarantine period after use and will be unavailable during this period
  • we will endeavour to satisfy all requests made for items from the   collection, but please be advised that there may be circumstances which may prevent access to certain items. Therefore an assessment on the suitability for production will need to be made on an item by item basis

If you need help in finding material in the online catalogue staff at Staffordshire Record Office will be happy to help.

Finally, please be advised that all of the above will be part of an ongoing process of monitoring and review, which may be subject to change.

Finding the records you want

Information on finding the records you want is on our finding records page which gives advice on family history records as well as general records.

How do I get a reader's ticket?

Information on obtaining a reader's ticket is on our registration page.

How do I get to the library?

Stafford railway station is approximately ten minutes walk from the Library.

As Stafford does not have a bus station, buses serving neighbouring towns and villages stop at different points around the town centre.

For information regarding travelling to Stafford by public transport please use the  National Traveline web site.



See directions to William Salt Library from Google Maps.

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