COVID 19 UPDATE – 3/15/2021

The Salem Public Library building remains closed for walk-in visits. Appointments are available for browsing, borrowing and computer use. At this time, the Study Rooms are not available.

Curbside pick up of library holds is available

Monday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Friday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

1. Place holds on Salem items using the library catalog, the “NOBLE Libraries” app for iOS and Android, or by calling the library during the hours below.

2. Wait for notification that your holds are ready for pickup.

3. Call 978-744-0860 when you arrive at the library and follow the social distancing guidelines posted there.

All library items may be returned in the book drop, which is open 24/7. All items will be quarantined for seven days before check in, at which time any fines accrued during quarantine will be removed. We cannot accept donations of items during the closure.

All in-person programs and events have been cancelled. Please see our events calendar for online program offerings.

Library cardholders may access various online resources, including downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and other streaming media.

If you don’t have a library card, you may request a temporary account by filling out this form – be sure to include a phone number and/or email address so we can contact you with the card number to use online.

For help accessing online resources, or for any other library inquiries, please email us – include your library card number for any library account-related issues.

How has the COVID-19 crisis affected you? Tell us your story here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources:

CITY OF SALEM : City Of Salem’s COVID-19 information : City of Salem’s vaccine information : City of Salem’s homebound residents vaccine info : Community resources for facing coronavirus
COVID-19 Test Site Locator : Hosted by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

SALEM PUBLIC SCHOOLS : Salem Public Schools COVID-19 Updates : Salem Public Schools Resources for Remote Learning

For more information about COVID-19, please visit and Mass DPH has posted an FAQ at and has activated an information line that can be reached by dialing 2-1-1.

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation and Virtual Recovery Resources (PDF) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.