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Express Service Coming at Salem Public Library

September 25, 2021

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.

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Salem Public Library Strategic Planning Survey

September 20, 2021

Help us shape the future of Salem Public Library: Salem Public Library Strategic Planning Survey Salem Public Library is creating a strategic plan to guide the library through 2026. Share your insights to inform how the library serves our community. This survey will be open through October 11, 2021. Please feel free to share the link within your network.

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Children’s Corner Dollhouse Returns

September 19, 2021

The Children’s Corner dollhouse has returned! The large Victorian-style dollhouse, a beloved fixture in the Salem Public Library children’s area since 1981, has been restored during the renovation of the Main Library.

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City Postpones Library, Center 50+ Reopening Celebrations Due to Increasing COVID Infection Rates

August 31, 2021

New book drops open on Liberty Street, curbside service expected to resume soon

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Parking Update at Renovated Main Library

August 30, 2021

Renovations at Salem Public Library extend beyond the library walls and include an update to how parking is handled for visitors to the building. Visitors now have three hours of free parking each day in the library lot at the Main Library. Additional time is .75 cents/hour from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and all day Sundays. Traffic is now one-way through the parking garade, with entry only from Liberty Street and all visitors will need to enter their license plate number into the parking kiosk near the entrance.

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Renovated Library Provides a Fresh Canvas for Public Art

August 27, 2021

Visitors to the renovated Salem Public Library will experience a light-filled interior with books, new spaces for reading and meeting, and redesigned areas for children and youth. They will also delight in a striking reinstallation of public art. More than 70 artworks, including some that were originally purchased for the Civic Center’s opening in 1972, have returned to the library in new locations as the two-year seismic upgrade has been completed.

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Share Your Art - Submit through August 15

July 22, 2021

Artists of all ages are invited to share their creations through Salem Public Library this summer, through an Art Gallery for Children and an Art Contest for Teens and Adults.

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Salem Public Library at Broadway Reopens July 6th

July 2, 2021

Salem Public Library is pleased to announce the temporary SPL at Broadway location, 1400 Broadway St. NE, will reopen for browsing and other limited services from Tuesday, July 6 to Tuesday, August 17. Services will include browsing, holds pickup, limited public computer use and printing, WiFi access, and library cards.

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Library Renovation Includes New Safety and Access Features

June 11, 2021

Signage and building organization are among improved features

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Book chosen for 2022 Salem Reads

May 27, 2021

After tallying the many votes of readers in our community, we have a winner for the 2022 Salem Reads book: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. A Tale for the Time Being is available to read or listen to in preparation for Salem Reads in February 2022.

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Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library
Express Service Hours (appointments encouraged; library building open to the public):

Wednesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Curbside Service Hours (by appointment only; library building closed to the public):
Tuesday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 12-3 p.m.


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