Research Salem History

Research Salem and Oregon history using resources available at Salem Public Library.

  • Salem History Website: Link to the Salem History Project, sponsored by the library.
  • Salem Historical Photos​​: The history of Oregon preserved in six collections of photographs of people, places, and events that provide snapshots of the state's history from 1840 to more recent times.  The collections are statewide but with special emphasis on Salem and other Willamette Valley communities. ​
  • The Hugh Morrow collection on floor two of the main Library focuses on the history of Salem and Oregon.
  • Salem Public Library also hosts the  Willamette Valley Genealogical Society.
  • Research historic properties.

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Salem Public Library
Express Service at the Salem Public Library’s Main Library is tentatively set to open to the public on Friday, October 1.

Salem residents can visit from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday for browsing, holds pickup, and limited public computer use. Curbside Service by appointment will continue to be available from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. The outdoor book return at the Main Library is available 24/7.

Virtual Library services are available 24/7. Download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study and contact staff.
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Salem OR 97301
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