Eccles library

Brief description

The architect was Edward Potts, and his design was in the renaissance style. The library was built on a slum clearance site in the town centre.

The ‘Carnegie Library’ as it became known was extended in 1971. In 2006, a major transformation took place as the library was incorporated into the LIFT Centre –  healthcare initiative.

Awarded Grade II listing in 1987.

Current status: Still open as a public library, run by Salford city council. Now known as Eccles Gateway. (2016)

  • Year grant given (if known):
  • Amount of grant: £7,500
  • Year opened (and by who – if known): 19 October 1907 by Edward Potts JP, FRIBA. [the first I’ve known to be opened by the architect]

Photo of library today:


Photo credit: flickr user Ben Sutherland (shared under CC licence)



Photo credit: Neil MacInnes

Old photo of library (postcard):


nb the library is almost hidden by the word Eccles!


Not yet

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