The Friends of the William Salt Library (‘Friends’) wish to see the current William Salt Library (WSL) building retained as part of the Stafford Record Office complex and for two…
Save The William Salt Library & Collection
The core of the Library is the huge collection of printed books, pamphlets, manuscripts, drawings, watercolours, and transcripts built up by William Salt (1808-1863) but also includes the library building in Eastgate Street that opened in 1918.
A proposal to centralise Staffordshire’s Archive Service and the William Salt Library Collections will see the only library left of its kind in the UK closed.
What we want to achieve:
Retain the identity of the William Salt Library.
Preserve the William Salt Collection for future generations.
Support the Friends of the William Salt Library.
Explore alternative solutions with SCC & the Trustees
We are against:
Expunging the memory of William Salt.
The loss of the only library of its type in the UK.
The current plans proposed by Staffordshire County Council.
The sale of the current library building in Eastgate Steet.
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"If you’ve never visited the William Salt, let me encourage you to go. It’s a reminder of what libraries (and scholarship) used to be before they believed that everything could be done on a computer."− Dr Upton, Newman University Birmingham