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Getting a Library Card 

Your Library Card is your ticket to use of the Salem Public Library collections and services. Your card can be used to check out materials, place holds, and access databases from the library, or your home or office. This website can also provide helpful card-holder information about check-out periods, fines, options for renewing items you already have checked out, how to reserve materials and more.

Applying for a Library Card

You can apply for a library card in person during regular service hours at the Salem Public Library's Central Library orWest Salem Branch.


ONLINE LIBRARY CARD APPLICATION  -  (Link will take you to the CCRLS site)




 Required Identification

When you come to apply for a library card, you will need to bring proof of your identity and proof of your current address. The preferred proof is a valid, government issued picture identification (such as a current Oregon drivers license or identification card), which includes your current home address.

If this is not available, Salem Public Library will also accept other forms of government ID (passports, out-of-state drivers' licenses, etc.) accompanied with:

  • Gas/sewer & water/garbage/electricity bill
  • Phone service/cell phone bill
  • Cable/internet bill
  • Rental/lease Agreements
  • Deeds  

Full Service Cards

With a full-service card, you may check out 50 items at one time. There is a limit of 10 DVDs with a charge of $1.00 per DVD or video, and 10 magazines that may be checked out at a time. Children's and Teen magazines are not limited. There are are three ways to be eligible for a full-service card:

  • Salem Residents: If you live or own property within the city limits of Salem, you pay for library service as a part of your property tax bill. You may obtain a free library card. Your Salem Library card can be used at all public libraries within the CCRLS area. This library card is also accepted at Chemeketa Community College.
  • Non-Residents: Families living outside the city limits of Salem but within the CCRLS area (Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties) who wish to receive a full service card, may purchase a library card for $60.00 per household per year. This entitles each member of the household to receive a full service library card for 1 year.
  • Out-of-District Residents: If you live both outside the City of Salem and the CCRLS area, you can purchase a full-service library card for $85 per year per household. This yearly fee covers everyone who lives at your residence, allowing each of you to receive a full-service library card.

Limited-Use Cards

  • Kids Cards: Children living outside the city limits of Salem, but within the CCRLS area (Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties) and who are ages 18 and younger are offered a card through the C.A.R.E. (Create A Reader Everyday) program established by CCRLS. C.A.R.E. card holders can check out up to 25 items from the children's and young adult collections and reserve up to 25 items without paying a non-resident fee. The cards are good at any participating CCRLS library in Polk, Marion, and Yamhill counties.
  • Adults: Adults living outside the city limits of Salem, but within the CCRLS area (Yamhill, Polk, and Marion counties) who choose not to pay the annual fee will be provided with a basic card for each household member. The basic card allows the cardholder to check out one item from any CCRLS library at a time. One hold may also be on file at any given time. All Salem Public Library services and collections can still be used on the premises and many online resources can be accessed remotely with the basic card.

Important Information about Your Library Card
  • Items checked out on your card are your responsibility. Treat your card as you would a credit card. Lending your card to others is not a good idea. 
  • If you lose your card, please let us know immediately. We can place a "stop" on the card to prevent others from using it. Replacement cards cost $1. 
  • Please inform us if you move, or change your telephone number or email address. Our electronic system for notifying patrons about reserves and overdue fines requires up-to-date information.
  • If you have not used your card within two years, you will be asked to apply for a new one.
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