About Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library is part of the City of Salem Community Development Department. The Main Library is next to the Civic Center in downtown Salem.
The Main Library at 585 Liberty St. SE is closed for a seismic and safety renovation from February 3, 2020-Summer 2021. Salem Public Library at Broadway at 1400 Broadway St NE is now serving as the temporary Main Library.The West Salem Branch Library is located on Glen Creek Road NW.
Volunteers from the Salem Women’s Club founded Salem Public Library in 1904. The first library was in a corner of the Salem City Council Chambers. The library moved into its own building in 1912, and to its current location in 1972.
The West Salem Branch Library began in 1957 in the old West Salem City Hall, and has been at its current location since 1995.
Salem Public Library benefits from strong community support from the Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Salem Public Library, and Salem Public Library Foundation.
Salem Public Library is guided by a Strategic Plan developed in cooperation with support boards and other community stakeholders.