Borrow library items
Use self-check-out machines or go to any checkout desk in the library to borrow books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and more.
Most Salem Public Library items are loaned for three weeks.The due date for each item is displayed on your checkout receipt, and online at
If you sign up for
email or text notifications with a staff member or online, 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
When an item you want to borrow is checked out by another patron, you can place a hold on the item. When an item on hold becomes available, you will be notified by email, text, or phone, depending on the preference set when you signed up for your account.
To place a hold:
- Log into
- Search for the item in the
- Click the Place Hold button next to the desired item.
- Choose a pick-up location for your hold.
Hold items are stored in a public area by last name for 7 days.
Renew library items
Items that do not have holds on them will automatically renew on your account. Most items renew for up to three additional checkout periods unless there is a waiting list.
Please make note of the updated due dates.
Return library items
You can return items:
- Inside either library during all
- 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.
Overdue fees, lost and damaged items information.