Salem Public Libraries and Center 50+ will not hold reopening events in September, as was originally planned, due to concerns about the soaring number of COVID-19 infections in Oregon.
The planned reopening celebrations of these facilities have been postponed until further notice. Opening of both Salem Public Libraries at Main and West Salem to the public has also been postponed until new COVID-safe strategies can be developed.
"COVID-19 infection rates continue to be significantly high in the Salem area, impacting the hospital and our community," said Steve Powers, Salem City Manager. "To do our part, we are discouraging large groups from gathering.
"We'll celebrate the renovated Library when it is safe to do so - and re-open in-person Library services when there is confidence that, when we reopen, we will be able to stay open. We are also postponing the reopening celebration for Center 50+."
Virtual programs will continue through both Center 50+ and the Salem Public Library. In addition, Center 50+ will continue to offer services by reservation and by appointment.
Virtual library services remain open with staff contact options resuming September 1. The new book drops, located on the Liberty Street turn-in between the Library and City Hall, will also open September 1.
Library staff are working on a plan to quickly resume curbside services at the Salem Main Library, as well as other strategies that can help patrons better engage with the Library.
The City asks for patience from our community, so that we may do our best to safely provide services.