Based on guidance received from public health authorities, the Board of the Salem Public Library has approved the limited reopening of the library to the public on July 6th, 2020.  Helping to keep our community safe and healthy is a responsibility that we all share. To do our part, the library has instituted procedures to protect the health of our patrons and staff, while allowing the library to resume partial operations.

Unfortunately, due to the current health orders, we are not able to provide all library services and the kind of customer service our patrons have come to expect.   If you have questions about the availability of certain library services, we encourage you to call 330-332-0042 or email library@salem.lib.oh.us prior to your visit.

Hours of Public Operations
Monday-Thursday: 9:00am to 8:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Closed Sundays

Number of Patrons
To maintain social distancing practices and based on current recommendations, our maximum occupancy will be 35 patrons in the building at once. It is requested that patrons limit their visits to one hour per day. Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Public Health Requirements
Avoid visiting the library if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
Wear a face covering while in the library
Respect social distancing guidelines by maintaining at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other customers and library staff
Limit visits to the building to one hour per day
Limit computer use to one hour per day
Return all library materials in either the outside book drop or our newly installed lobby book return so they can be quarantined
Consume food or beverages before entering the library
Group gathering is not permitted and study rooms have been closed.
Drinking fountains are out of service

Available Services

Browsing the collection and borrowing materials
Public computers
Scanning and copying
Reference and research
Tax forms
Curbside service
Home delivery

If you are not comfortable using our in-building services, curbside and home delivery operations remain available for patrons.  We appreciate your cooperation with our temporary requirements and thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.  We expect our limitations and services to evolve during the coming months and will post updates about these changes