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 $50 are unable to check out materials. Once the total fines are below $50, check-out privileges are restored.

Patrons 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.

Patrons are also 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. Any physical damage that occurred during the current patron's possession of the item, pay the original cost of the item plus a $5 processing fee.

Stolen or lost Items

An item is assumed lost if it is more than 21 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, patrons may check with their insurance provider to determine if there is coverage includes the cost of the theft. Report theft to the police.

The library does not accept replacement items for lost or damaged items.

If a patron has a question about their account, please send an email to [email protected]. Please include:

  • Cardholder name and/or library card barcode (should be 14 digits and begin 231600)
  • If about an item, include title and barcode (located usually on the outside of an item with 14-digit number code beginning with 336100)

The Library will respond as soon as possible.

Contact us

Salem Public Library

Tuesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Curbside Service Hours (by appointment only; library building closed to the public):
Sunday 10-11 a.m.


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