Library Fines and Fees


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.

We have extended due dates on many items. We are also checking in returned items fine-free, so you do not need to worry if the due date passes. Fine-free check in will continue until further notice.

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

Due dates

When items are checked out, you are given a printed slip that includes due date information. It is also possible to check due dates by:​

  • Visiting “My Account” in the Library’s catalog online
  • Requesting an emailed receipt at check-out


Fines accrue daily starting from the date an item is due. Fines will continue to build until the item is returned or renewed, or until the maximum fine level is reached.​

Overdue materials will be charged the following fines:

  • Children's picture books: 15 cents per day with a maximum of $3.
  • Magazines: 25 cents per day with a maximum of $3.
  • All other items: 25 cents per day with a maximum of $5.

Patrons with fines totaling more than $25 are unable to check out materials. Once the total fines are below $25, check-out privileges are restored.

You can sign up for email or text notifications​ online or with a library staff member to receive a courtesy reminder two days prior to an item's due date. You will also be notified five days after an item is due.

​Lost and damaged items

You are responsible for all items checked out to you.

​Damaged items

Library items should be returned in the condition in which they were checked out. If they are returned with major damage, you will be asked to pay the original cost of the item plus a $5 processing fee. Examples of major damage include:

  • Items are wet from water or drink damage
  • Chewed by a dog
  • Pages or pictures are cut out

Stolen or lost Items

An item is assumed lost if it is more than 30 days overdue. The cost of the lost item is then charged to your account along with a $5 processing fee.

If an item is stolen, you can check with your insurance provider to determine if your coverage includes the cost of the theft. Report the theft to the police.

The cost of a lost and paid item may be refundable if the item is returned in good condition. You will still be charged an overdue fine. Fines are not refundable. The Library does not accept the replacement of lost items unless a librarian has agreed to the exchange in advance.

If you believe you have returned an item that is still on your account, please email [email protected]​ with the following information:

  • Cardholder name and/or library card barcode (should be 14 digits and begin 231600)
  • Item title and barcode (should be 14 digits and begin with 336100)
  • When and/or where you believe you returned the item.

The Library will respond as soon as possible.

Contact us

Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library
Express Service Hours (appointments encouraged; library building open to the public):

Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Curbside Service Hours (by appointment only; library building closed to the public):
Tuesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 12-3 p.m.


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Salem OR 97301
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Salem OR 97301
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