Use Your Library Card


You can borrow most Salem Public Library items for three weeks, and renew many items two additional times. You can use your library card at any Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library System (CCRLS) member library. Use your card 24/7 from your internet-connected device to place items on hold, renew items, checkout digital items and access dozens of online resources.

Borrow ​library items​​

​Use self-check-out machines to borrow books, magazines and CDs. To check-out DVDs or hold items, go to any checkout desk in the library.

Most Salem Public Library items are loaned for three weeks. Loan periods can vary with other CCRLS libraries. The due date for each item is displayed on your checkout receipt, and online at My Account.

If you sign up for e-delivery​ you will be sent a courtesy reminder two days prior to an item's due date. You are responsible for returning items on time even if you do not receive a reminder notice.

​Place library items​ on hold

​Rather than constantly checking on an item you want to borrow, you can place a hold on the item. When an item on hold becomes available, you will be notified by email or phone, depending on the selection you made when you signed up for your account. You can have 50 hold requests pending on your account.

To place a h​old:

Search for the item in the catalog

Log into your account​

  • Click the Place Hold button next to the item.
  • Choose a pick up location for your hold.
  • Ask staff at any Ask Here desk for help.

​Hold items are stored in a public area by last name for 7 days.

Request items not available in the catalog

​If you are unable to locate the material you need in our catalog, you may request it from another library system using Interlibrary Loan, or request the library purchase it.

​Renew library items

​You can renew most items for two additional checkout periods unless there is a waiting list. A few items (new books, DVDs, fine art, and magazines) cannot be renewed.

Renew items:

  1. In person at any CCRLS member library.
  2. Online through the library catalog at "My Account."
  3. By phone with TeleCirc at 503-589-7740. TeleCirc is an automated library system available 24 hours a day.

Please make note of the new due date.

If you would like additional assistance to complete a renewal, fill out and return this form​.​

Return library items

​You can return items:

  • Inside either library during all open hours.
  • 24/7 at the drive up book drop on the Liberty St. side of the main library.
  • At any CCRLS member library listed on the back of your card.

All items must be returned inside the library at the Check Out desk.

Return items checked out from other Oregon library systems directly to those libraries.

Overdue fees, lost and damaged items information.

Manage your account online

​Step 1: Have your library card number and pin number available. The pin was set when you signed up; if you have​​ forgotten it, you can have it reset at the checkout desk.

Step 2 : Log into your account​. We have an account tutorial available that you may find helpful. Once logged in you can:

  • Check number of items checked-out
  • Checkout digital items
  • Check due dates of items
  • Renew items
  • Place a hold
  • Check the status of a hold item
  • Review your reading history
  • Create lists of items
  • Change your PIN
  • Verify your personal information​​​

From your mobile device

CCRLS has mobile catalog  apps for  iOS and Android​. Browse the catalog, place holds, check your account and renew items from your phone or tablet.

​Use a public computer

Computers are available at both branches. Public computers provide Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007 Suite and other applications. See Public Use Computers​.

Use online resources to:

  • Do homework
  • Research family and local history
  • Find people
  •  Look up medical information
  • Learn a language
  • Locate government information and services
  •  Access newspaper archives,
  • Job search
  • View auto repair manuals
  • Learn about personal and business finance
  • Research legal information

Many of the resources are available online from home; all are available in the library. For a list of available resources, see Online Resources​.​