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Salem Public Library

585 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301
(503) 588-6052
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Ranked #8 of 31 Attractions in Salem
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Poipu, Hawaii
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I needed to research an upcoming trip to South America and found multiple books on the area. Took four home ... after getting a library card as this was my first visit to the library. It was a bit hard to find the driveway into parking lot, and it has parking meters ... a surprise to me!

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Salem, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Clean, quiet with lots of places to sit. Large number of computers on the main floor and a HUGE computer center down in the basement with at least 30 PCs set up for use by patrons. BTW - that area is kept very very clean - attendants swipe the computers with antibacterial cloths every time one is vacated. Modern checkout... More

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Salem, Oregon
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5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I use the West Salem library due to parking. The parking is awful. The library is large and has lots of room, three floors, etc. If you are willing to deal with the parking, it is a good library. For me, ordering online and using the local one is the best.

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Salem, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Well apportioned, Can purchase from Friends of the library, nice little cafe, and interesting things happening in the auditorium, concerts, sing along movies, travel logs, etc.

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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Hubby and I visit the Library at least every 2 weeks to load up with books. We have found it to be a really comprehensive library for all genres. We love that you can "rent art"! I have ordered books to be imported for other branches and they have always come very quickly. It's a bright and warm place to... More

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Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Unlike Portland, with libraries in every neighborhood, Salem has one main library and a newer small library in West Salem. I have not spent time at the West Salem Library so I can only speak about the main Salem Public Library. While it is not handy for children to get to on their own, unless they know how to use... More

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Salem, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Salem Public Library is a true community asset. Heavily used, and always providing the latest in technology for its patrons and the area. One of the first to provide free computer access, helped start the first Internet service in Salem, now providing e-books. Many programs, mostly free, in their comfortable theater. Outstanding children's center.

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Oregon
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

One of the best small city libraries anywhere. Welcoming, egalitarian, community oriented, multimedia library and a great little volunteer "friends of the library" bookstore. You can get a recent, used novel for $1.50-$2.00!

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Salem, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

A stellar library with very well-trained staff who are always eager to assist. Clean and well planned with easy access to books and other printed materials. A lovely children's library with many activities for children.

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Salem, Oregon
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Welcoming to all, with a wide range of books and media. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly. A wonderful resource for residents and visitors a like. Excellent collection of Salem history resources.

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