This section contains the frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding to the Salem Library. If you’ve got a question, the answer is right here. If not, please refer to the contact information of the library.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I want to donate to the library? What is the process?

We appreciate all kinds of donations, including money and books. For your monetary gifts, donations can be made directly at the library service desk. As for book donations, the process will depend on the number of books you intend to donate. Topically, for small donations, they can be given to the service desk. The books will either end up at the shelves or at donated to the bookstore and foundations.

  1. What’s the easiest way to get a library card?

Apply for a card at the Main Library or at the West Salem Branch. Present a valid ID with your address. If this is not available, the following are acceptable:

  • Bills (e.g. gas, water, or electricity)
  • Rental or lease agreements
  • Student load bills from the federal government
  • Deeds
  1. What if I want to renew items? What should I do?

Avoid fine by renewing your borrowed item/s on or before due. You can renew online by accessing your account, in person at the Main Library, or by phone. Note that some materials can’t be renewed, specifically magazines, new books, DVDs, and fine art.

  1. How do I return items I have borrowed?

Simply drop them off at the Main Library or at the West Salem Branch during the library’s service hours.

  1. What are the available volunteer works at the library?

If you’re interested in helping people enjoy exhibits at the Children’s Discovery Room, visit the Heritage Room located at the Main Library every third Wednesday of the month (except in December) at 6 to 6:30 PM.

  1. How do I check my account?

Just log in into the Accounts page and enter your library card number and your password or pin.

  1. I want to use a computer at the library. How do I do that?

Anyone with a library card can use a library computer, provided that the card is theirs and make a reservation three days prior to use. If there’s an available computer, you can make a reservation for it right away. Validity of the reservation is up to 10 minutes past the specified time during the reservation. It will be cancelled right after. Visitors who don’t have a card can present a valid ID to gain an access code, which gives them access to a computer for up to 65 minutes.

  1. I want to use the library’s printer. How do I do that?

You can print a material from another device or from your home using the library’s apps specifically created for your device. Wireless printing is available as well.

  1. I want to transform old media into new. How do I do that?

This is what the Transformation Station is for. If you have cassette tapes or LPs (vinyl records), you can use the room to convert the old record into a new one. The Transformation Station can also be used for Polaroid photos and just about any old pictures you have.

Hopefully, you find the answers to your questions here. Happy reading!