Library Changes Due to COVID-19

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Due to increasing COVID-19 infections, the City of Salem has postponed the public reopening of the renovated Main Library and the West Salem Branch until further notice. A new opening date will be announced later.

The new Main Library outdoor book drop is open, located on the Liberty Street side of the building. Curbside Service can be scheduled to pick up books and other items available on hold.

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. 

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Frequently asked questions

What should I do about overdue items or fines on my account?

Bottom line: don't worry. When you are able to return those books and other items to Salem Public Library, they will be checked in fine-free. The due dates on your items may vary a bit right now depending on the owning library within the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library System (CCRLS). If you want to talk through your options or need help getting due dates adjusted and fines waived, reach out by email, chat, or call us at 503-588-6315. We're happy to help.

Should I sanitize my library items before returning them to the library or wrap them in plastic? 

While we appreciate this offer, current guidelines do not recommend applying spray cleaners to library materials. We also ask that patrons do not microwave or freeze library items.

How long will it take for my hold to be available?

We ask for your patience and grace as we work to connect you with library materials. There are a lot of factors affecting each hold. The CCRLS courier has started moving materials between libraries, but service is limited. If you're looking for a book from another library, it may be a while before it arrives. Books on the shelf at Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Branch will be available more quickly. (Watch a video on finding whether an item is available.) If you would like more information about a specific hold, reach out by email, chat, or call us at 503-588-6315. We're happy to help.

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: http://bit.ly/SPLonlineresources

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: https://ccrls.org/home/member-libraries/

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.