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Visiting our facility

We look forward to welcoming you to the Trafford Local Studies Centre, located at 1 Waterside House, Sale (M33 7ZF).

Our Centre is located on the ground floor of the Waterside building, immediately adjacent to the Sale Public Library. Our facilities include a Reading Room, dedicated to the study of our archival materials, public computers for local history research, microfilm and microfiche readers, and a local history library collection. Our library collection is comprised of local and national journals, periodicals and books, some of which are available for loan and others only for reference. 

We encourage residents, researchers, and members of the public to visit our facility, to not only to take advantage of the local history material we offer, but to look at selections from our art and heritage collections that are currently on display. 

Since reopening to the public in August 2020, some of our services have changed. We are now open to the public by appointment only. For more information about our limited services and booking your appointment, please see our pages entitled Reopening Guidance and Reopening Guidance: What to Expect


Information for disabled visitors

We provide full-access to our public facilities at the Trafford Local Studies Centre. There is level-access from both the rear and main entrance of Waterside House, and our doors are equipped with touchpad controls. Our Centre's reading room, computer workstations and library are all located on the ground floor of the Waterside building. We hold a number of facilities intended to assist you with your research. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have pertaining to your visit.