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Learn about what’s going on, find free activities, and read the latest news from the Salem Public Library.

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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La Biblioteca virtual está disponible mientras las sucursales están cerradas

March 20, 2020


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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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Snuggle Up Winter Reading Club sign up is open!

January 6, 2020

It’s cold outside, which means it’s a great time for children, teens, and families to snuggle up with some great books and earn a new book by keeping track of your daily reading in February. Print out a reading calendar or pick up a copy at Floor 3 Children’s Ask Here Desk or the West Salem Branch Ask Here Desk. Mark off or color in each day you read or listen to books, and bring your completed reading calendar to the Salem Library at Broadway or West Salem branch in March to claim a free book for your home library.

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Packing, Planning Continues as Library Move Nears

December 31, 2019

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, at 1400 Broadway Street NE.

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We're On the Move ... and Here for You

November 20, 2019

Salem Public Library staff and our partners are managing many changes as we prepare to temporarily move to 1400 Broadway NE while the Main Library at 585 Liberty St. SE is renovated. One thing is not changing—our commitment to our community and to providing friendly, welcoming service accessible to all.

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Library Plans Move Forward as Construction Nears

November 18, 2019

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, at 1400 Broadway Street NE.

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Join Us October 26 for an Afternoon of Fun

October 22, 2019

Halloween Dress Rehearsal, Very Scary Mansion, and Renovation Open House planned for Saturday, October 26 and City Hall and Main Library

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Featured Database: National Geographic for Kids

October 4, 2019

National Geographic for Kids is a virtual library available with your Salem Public Library card anywhere you have an internet connection. It provides a wide variety of age-appropriate digital-based content, including full-text issues of National Geographic magazine for kids, non-fiction e-books, high quality color images, and videos. Check it out at

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Library Preps for "Glamping" at Broadway Temporary Site

September 18, 2019

City of Salem agreed to lease property in the 1400 block of Broadway to serve as a temporary Salem Library location while the Main Library is being renovated over the next two years. The site is much smaller, so services will be scaled back and more focus will be placed on outreach.

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Library contractor seeks "best-value" in subcontractor

August 5, 2019

Salem’s own Cherry City Electric was named the new electrical subcontractor for the upcoming Salem Public Library Improvement project.

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Library Teen Advisory Board now accepting applications

July 5, 2019

The Salem Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is seeking middle and high school-aged applicants interested in gaining leadership skills and volunteer hours while improving the Teen Scene area at Salem Public Library. Applications are due on Wednesday, August 7, are now available online and at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk.

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Sign up for a Teen Talent Showcase audition

June 26, 2019

The schedule is now open for talented middle and high school-aged youth to audition for the Night of 1,000 Stars: Teen Talent Showcase. Auditions are by appointment on Saturday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 16. Schedule an audition at the Teen Scene Ask Here Desk, 503-588-6315, or by email at [email protected] The show will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 1 in Loucks Auditorium.

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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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