Library Plans Move Forward as Construction Nears

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Staff at Salem Public Library’s Main Branch are packing and planning for the upcoming temporary relocation to 1400 Broadway Street NE.

Staff at Salem Public Library are packing and planning for the Main Branch closure to complete the Salem Public Library Seismic and Safety Upgrade. The project will mean temporary relocation to the Salem Public Library at Broadway, 1400 Broadway Street NE. Visitors to the Main Branch may have already noticed that art has been removed. It is currently being stored under gallery conditions. Other collections are also being packed with the move in mind. Portions will be stored on- and off-site, and moved to the smaller Broadway location.

Key dates:

  • December 1—Portions of the Children's collection moved to storage
  • December 8—Portions of the Teens' collection moved to storage
  • Mid-December—Sections of Children's and Teen Scene shelving moved to Salem Public Library at Broadway; Teen Scene moves to Floor 3 until February 2
  • Mid-January—Computer Lab closes
  • January 31—Main Branch book return closes
  • February 1—Broadway book return opens
  • February 2—Last open day at Main Branch until after construction
  • February 18—Salem Public Library at Broadway opens

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Salem Public Library at Broadway
In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations - Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch - will temporarily close to the public beginning March 16 to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please do not return library materials during the closure. You will not be charged for late items.

The closure will remain in effect until at least April 9. We will continue to consult with County Health Departments, Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control for guidance about when and how we can safely reopen.

While in-person services and spaces are not available, Library staff will continue to serve you through our Virtual Library services, available 24/7 from where you are. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians at:
1400 Broadway ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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