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“Truly great library!”

Salem Public Library
Ranked #8 of 79 things to do in Salem
Certificate of Excellence
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Salem, Oregon
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Truly great library!”
Reviewed 26 July 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 visit.

Visited July 2014
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Salem, Oregon
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22 reviews
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“A Library that Understands Kids”
Reviewed 23 April 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 the bus system, it does make up for that inconvenience by having a terrific children's library section. Activities and the feeling that books are supposed to stimulate discussion and enjoyment and not silence permeate this wonderful space. You will find kids and adults huddled on the floor looking through books, children doing a variety of activities including a discovery space open when there are volunteers available to staff it, all different ages and hours of story times including bedtime story time, programs to stimulate reading, movies, and not only books but media to loan. It is a very nice place to some hours with children. The rest of the library is also nice with lovely people who enjoy helping folks find books and resources for research or just the pleasure of learning.

Visited January 2014
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Salem, Oregon
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“One of the West's best public libraries”
Reviewed 16 April 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.

Visited March 2014
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Oregon
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“Pride of community”
Reviewed 20 February 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!

Visited February 2014
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Salem, Oregon
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“A real reader's library!”
Reviewed 14 October 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.

Visited October 2013
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