Our collection tells the story of Britain's working classes from the earliest days of industrialisation to the present day. Click here for more information.
Working Class Movement Library
51, The Crescent
Email: Contact us
0161 736 3601
Outside UK ++44 161 736 3601
0161 737 4115
Outside UK ++44 161 737 4115
Recent comments about us:
'I'd like to say a big thank you to our three wonderful guides who took us on tours of the WCML. Most people did not know about the library before our visit and just loved the ideas behind the collection of books and memorabilia. There is a wonderful atmosphere in the building that is probably just being with books that people have collected and cherished over the years' - Joan Gem, Friends of the Whitworth Art Gallery, February 2014.
'I live in Boston now, but I spent 10 weeks back home in Manchester in 2012. Visiting Salford Art Gallery across the road I came across a pamphlet for the library. I spent a fascinating morning there, in the company of a group of graduate librarians who were touring. The retired gentlemen on the door--a onetime fireman I think--could not have been more welcoming. The best kind of "Mancunian" (I know, it's Salford really!) that I remember from my youth and that it is not easy to find anywhere else. This is a priceless treasure and one that I hope can be adequately funded and supported. It is a unique archive. The lady who showed the group around was great too. Keep up the great work, and stick to the principle of allowing access to all--to many archives are only available to so-called scholars. It's in the spirit of this library that anyone should have access' - Mark Bates, January 2013
' I could have not completed my dissertation on the Spanish Civil War without your invaluable help' - Chris Jenkins on our Facebook page, January 2013
'I have always regarded the Library as a very important resource for the City as well as students from all over...As we walked round I could not have felt prouder of our City. You are doing a fantastic job - long may it continue'. Councillor Roger Lightup, Mayor of the City of Salford, April 2010