Located in the city's Historic District, the Salem Public Library is home to a collection of books, reference materials CDs and DVDs free to town residents (excluding late fees). It maintains a collection of current materials in both English and Spanish. Founded in 1889, the library located in a building that was the residence of wealthy Salem resident and notable sea merchant Capt. John Bertram. The building underwent a period of renovation from 1979-1990.
- Hours: Mon - Thu, 9am - 9pm; Fri, Sat, 9am - 5pm; Sun, 1pm - 5pm. Check website for holiday hours.
- Handicap Accessible: A ramp connects the walkway to the main entrance. Elevator access is available inside the building.
- Founding Date: Jul 08 1889
- Parking: On-street: free
- Size of collection: 145,000
- Specialties: The library specializes in resources dedicated to local history. In addition to a Salem History Room, the library maintains a database "Salem Links and Lore," which can be accessed on its Website.
- Services: Audiobooks, Movies, Music CDs, Research databases, Resources for job seekers
- Internet use policy: Those interested in using the Internet on a library computer must make a reservation in person using the EnvisionWare PC Reservation program.
- Programs/classes: The library offers various programs for children and adults. Check the website for the most up-to-date schedule.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Private events: No