The Library and COVID-19 - What you need to know

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​UPDATE March 27, 2020

Salem Public Library has closed its physical locations. Please continue to keep your library materials until the libraries re-open. No fines or fees will accrue during this time. While in-person services and spaces are not available, library staff will continue to serve you through our Virtual Library services, available 24/7 from where you are. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, audiobooks and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians at: http://bit.ly/VirtualSPL2.

Red and white closed sign hanging in a business window

Both Salem Public Library current physical branches, Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Branch Library, will be closed to the public until further notice, in accordance with the Governor's policies designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here's what you need to know:

Enjoy virtual services: Library staff will continue to serve you through our Virtual Library services, available online through your computer or other internet-connected device. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians.  

Contact Salem Public Library staff: Library staff will be available live when possible by email at [email protected] or chat directly with a Salem Public Library staff member (when available) on QuestionPoint.     

Find us on social media: Watch Salem Public Library's pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other outlets for further news, updates, and ways for Library staff to provide more virtual activities and services.

Wait to return library materials: Please do not return library materials during the closure. You will not be charged for late items.

We'll keep you posted: We will continue to consult with county health departments, Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control for guidance about when and how we can safely reopen.

"We are incredibly grateful for your continued support and patience as we work to follow best practices to slow the spread of COVID-19," said City Librarian Sarah Strahl. "The decision to close the buildings has been difficult and will have an impact on people who benefit from our services. We also understand that by closing we can be part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19."

We look forward to serving you again in person once the COVID-19 risk has subsided.

Updated 3/19/2020: Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

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Salem Public Library at Broadway
In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations - Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch – are temporarily closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Virtual Library services are available 24/7. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians at: http://bit.ly/VirtualSPL2.
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