Library Changes Due to COVID-19


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Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St SE.  is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 

Curbside Service by appointment only is available from 12-3 p.m. Sundays. The library is closed to the public on Curbside Service days.

The outdoor book return at the Main Library is available 24/7.

The West Salem Branch will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts. 

Enjoy virtual services: Virtual Library services are available 24/7. You can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks, stream movies, do research, find information, get customized book recommendations, study, and more. These services require a library card and PIN number to access from home. 

Contact Salem Public Library staff :

Frequently asked questions

How do I find out what new books are available?

Want to see what's new at the library? Look in the New and Notables area of the online catalog. (Watch this video about how to access New and Notables.)

How can I read ebooks or listen to audiobooks?

Downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks are available from Salem Public Library through two separate systems:

  • cloudLibrary (note: available only to patrons within the Salem city limits)
  • Library2go (also known as "Libby" and powered by Overdrive)

Patrons can check out up to six titles on each platform. The library and state consortium purchase access to individual copies of each title, just like physical books, meaning downloads are not unlimited. Available books and formats vary between the systems, so we encourage you to check both to see if the book you are looking for is available.

Children have a virtual library all their own at TumbleBooks, where they can check out animated picture books. 

How can I stream movies or TV shows?

You can find streaming videos, including recently run mainstream movies, art house films, documentaries and the Criterion Collection at Kanopy. Kanopy has changed its checkout limit from 5 to 10 and expanded access to credit-free titles during this time. Kanopy Kids also offers unlimited access.

What about online research?

The Salem Public Library offers current online subscriptions to meet many needs. A complete list of online resources is available at the library website:

Some key resources include:

How can I stay up-to-date on library operations?

We will post updates at the Salem Public Library website as well as our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Sign up for email updates to stay informed.

What services are available at other CCRLS libraries?

Each member library manages its own response to COVID-19. Updates will be reflected on this page:

Where can I find more information about COVID-19?

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and the Oregon Health Authority for more information. You can also call 211 for general information on COVID-19 in Oregon.