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You can borrow most Salem Public Library items for three weeks, and renew many items three 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 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 My Account.

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 h​old:

  • Log into your account​.
  • Search for the item in the catalog.
  • 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 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.

Overdue fees, lost and damaged items information.

Manage your account online

Using your library card number and your library pin number, you can log into your account online.  Your pin number was set when you signed up for a library card.  If you have forgotten it, you can reset it online or with library staff.

Once logged in, you can:

  • See a list of items checked-out
  • Browse 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.

Contact us

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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.

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