Five Things You Should Know about Salem Public Library’s Collection

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The core goal for the Salem Public Library collection is to keep it up to date with relevant, timely, and popular choices as defined by the Salem community.

Five key points to remember about the collection include:

  1. Serving the entire community ―The Salem Public Library is a public resource that serves the entire community with books and other materials that best match ever-changing needs and interests.

  2. Connecting residents to a variety of resources ― The Library’s primary role is connecting Salem residents to a variety of resources theyfind most informative, educational or entertaining ― through browsing, onsite use and borrowing. Patrons also may request items loaned from other libraries and suggest purchases.

  3. Every year, the Library adds 33,000 new items books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, e-books and other resources ― to satisfy the needs of every age group, pre-school to retiree.

  4. Responsive to the times. The Library’s Collection Development Policy helps it respond to changing times and a growing community ― to serve even more Salem residents with materials relevant to their lives.

  5. The Library's collection is regularly updated using criteria adopted by libraries all over the U.S. Books are removed if they are:

      • In poor condition
      • Inaccurate or no longer current
      • No longer used
      • Excess copies


    Removed books are donated to Friends of the Library for resale (benefitting the Library's collections and programs) ― or, if too badly damaged, recycled.

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