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Summer Reading Club 2020 Prize Pickup Information

July 31, 2020

Prize pickup for children, teens, and adults who completed the the 2020 Summer Reading Club will be by appointment beginning Tuesday, August 18. Prize winner information and details about signing up for a SRC Prize Pickup will be emailed to participants on August 13.

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Virtual Library Still Available While Branches Are Closed

March 20, 2020

Use your library card to access a wide range of online materials through your virtual library

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The Library and COVID-19 - What you need to know

March 18, 2020

Salem Public Library branches are closed for the time being to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading

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CANCELLED - Open House at Salem Public Library at Broadway

March 5, 2020

An Open House for the newly opened Salem Public Library at Broadway is planned from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 14 at SPL at Broadway, 1400 Broadway St. NE. Everyone is welcome to drop in to enjoy treats, crafts, and activities at this opening event and learn more about the interim library, SPL at Broadway.

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Take the March into Non-Fiction Reading Challenge!

March 2, 2020

Do you have what it takes to complete the March into Nonfiction Reading Challenge? Readers and listeners (ages 0 - 18) are invited to read books from a variety of non-fiction categories in March, and earn a free book to keep in April. No registration is necessary. Simply print out a copy of the March into Non-Fiction reading log, find a few good non-fiction titles, and begin reading!

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Library: New Location, New Hours

February 13, 2020

Salem Public Library at Broadway, 1400 Broadway St NE, opens Tuesday, February 18. Located on the corner of Broadway and Hood, SPL at Broadway offers books, music, DVDs, and public computer access for children, teens, and adults. The building is equipped with a book drop, free wifi, a 61-space parking lot, and a bicycle rack.

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Best Books of 2019 list now available

February 3, 2020

Meet Salem Public Library’s Best Books 2019 – an annual list that celebrates books of interest to adult readers, as nominated by library patrons and staff combined with picks from critics and the publishing world. The list includes 104 highly appealing fiction and nonfiction picks, cluing in readers to top and indie picks they might have missed. Copies are available to view or print online or to pick up at a Salem Public Library location.

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Virtual Library is Wherever and Whenever You Are

January 29, 2020

While Salem Main Library is closed and before the Broadway location opens, take the opportunity to explore your virtual library.

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Our Books and More are Still Here for You

January 27, 2020

The temporary Salem Public Library located at 1400 Broadway NE (at the corner of Broadway and Hood), will open on February 18, 2020 and serve in place of the Main Library during a planned 18-month renovation. Salem Public Library at Broadway will be smaller than the Main Library. However, the space still lets us offer materials and public computer access for everyone! Throughout, you will continue to have uninterrupted access to our extensive online collection of ebooks, eaudiobooks, and research resources, available 24/7 at

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Picking-up Holds While Salem Public Library is on the Move

January 10, 2020

If you regularly pick up your holds at the Main Library, 585 Liberty St. SE, your hold location will automatically switch to the West Salem Branch, 385 Glen Creek Rd. NW., from Feburary 2-18 while the Main Library moves to a temporary facility. You can also customize your hold pick up locations with a few easy steps.

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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 – are temporarily closed to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Virtual Library services are available 24/7. 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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