What is Salem Public Library

The Salem Public Library is located in Salem, Oregon. Its Main Library can be found at 585 Liberty Street SE and is open from Tuesday to Sunday totaling to 53 hours weekly. Meanwhile, the West Salem Library is located at 395 Glen Creek Road NW. This branch is open every day except during Thursdays and Sundays for a total of 16 service hours.

Library Cards

A library card is required to borrow items, access computers, and use other services from the Salem Public Library. Applying for a card is really easy; just present a valid ID with picture, any government-issued ID, or bills. The library offers two types of library cards namely:

  • Full Service Card: This allows you to borrow 50 items at once, excluding DVDs and magazines, which are limited to 10 pieces per check out. The limit does not apply to children and teen magazines, however.
  • Limited-Use Card: The first variety is for those below 18 years and those who live outside of Salem, but in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) area. The second one is for over 18 individuals who live in the mentioned area. Limited-use cards are for those who don’t want to pay the annual fee and can therefore check out one item at a time.

Available Items

For those who already have a card, they can use it for different purposes, including for borrowing books of course. The Salem Public Library houses more than 400,000 materials that the patrons can access and check out. These items include books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and audio books. Each year, it is estimated that about 1.3 million items are being checked out by the library card users. Note that having a card requires being a responsible cardholder. There are fines to be paid if the checked out items aren’t returned within the specified due date. To avoid the fines, simply return the items on or before the due date or renew them immediately.

Aside from the mentioned items, the Salem Public Library also offers computer access, including wireless access (Wi-Fi), outreach programs for kids, young adults, adults, and professionals, and special services provided at the library such as research help. The library also offers obituary lookup, interlibrary loan, and room rentals for meetings and events. E-delivery is also available, which sends out notices via email, so patrons don’t forget about deadlines and other important information.