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Salem Public Library

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Address: 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301-3591
Phone Number: (503) 588-6052

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I love this library. Helpful staff, great selection(you can even check out art). Always a comfort to spend time in this library.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Salem, Oregon
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Redmond, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there as a tourist on Monday and Monday is their day off. They close on Monday. I couldn't give you more than what I know. This library ought to be the one of the safest libraries in the nation because it is built right next to the police dept and the city hall. They share the same parking... More 

Thank Daniel L
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this library. Helpful staff, great selection(you can even check out art). Always a comfort to spend time in this library.

Thank elenicnm
Salem, Oregon
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love The Salem Library. Part of The Chemeketa Library system, the Salem Library is a multi-level literary paradise with onsite coffee and food service! Great location for a quick meeting or for a quiet place to collect and refresh.Great multi-media section.

Thank 60DayTour
Jefferson City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice, mostly quiet facility with plenty to enjoy. Many options for education and entertainment. You do pay to park, but hopefully it goes to the library.

Thank John M
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Came here to look up a hard to find historical book and found it. The library has tons of books and areas to sit and enjoy reading. It has many computers that one can use briefly to look up emails , get on internet for other reasons, do documents and to print them out, etc. There are movies and music... More 

Thank Falcon0822
Turner, Oregon
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016

I have been a member for decades and still love it. Well organized, great children's and teens areas. Always updating. Has it all: computers, books, cds, dvds, used book store, cafe in lower level, artist displays, plenty of space for sitting. Helpful staff, just added the genealogy center. They have many events: lectures, book readings, music, book clubs and more.... More 

Thank Liza G
Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

a pleasant space to spend time relaxing and reading. I love the special display up front that has new release books to check out.

Thank lew w
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I took my small children here years ago and it is still a terrific library. Kids' areas are welcoming and there is even a café in the basement. Be aware that you will need quarters for the parking meters--strange in a city with free downtown parking!

Thank Nancy F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

If your internet is on the blink,they have a computer lab. Free to use,all you do is take a slot to wait with the time you need to use the computer for and you wont wait long if at all. They also have a printer you can use that cost very little. Even a coffee shop is there for those... More 

Thank Linda M
salem, oregon, usa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I love reading and with the price of new books nowadays I cannot afford to buy them but I always find a good selection to choose from. I do, however, wish that there were more new books but I understand the financial constraints that prevent this. Nevertheless, it is always a wonderful experience and I feel like a kid in... More 

Thank aexpo123

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