Salem Library Announces Temporary Closure to Help Slow Spread of COVID-19

Posted on March 16, 2020

In the interest of public health, both Salem Public Library locations–Salem Public Library at Broadway and the West Salem Library Branch–will temporarily close to the public beginning March 16 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Attempts to redistribute furniture have not resulted in recommended social distancing and we have new information about how long the virus may be able to persist on inanimate surfaces and regulations from the CDC. We’ve also been in consultation about closure with public health officials.

The closure will remain in effect until at least March 31. We will continue to consult with County Health Departments, Oregon Health Authority, and the Centers for Disease Control for guidance about when and how we can safely reopen.

Please do not return library materials during the closure. You will not be charged for late items.

While in-person services and spaces are not available, Library staff will continue to serve you through our Virtual Library services, available 24/7 from where you are. Learn more about how to download free ebooks, eaudiobooks, and movies, do research, find information, study, and live chat with librarians at: http://bit.ly/VirtualSPL

“Salem Public Library is incredibly grateful for your continued support and patience as we’ve worked to evaluate and adjust our operations because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision to close the buildings has been difficult and will have an impact on people who benefit from our services,” said City Librarian Sarah Strahl. “We also understand that by closing, we can be part of an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

Please watch our website (www.cityofsalem.net/library), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other outlets for further news and updates. To connect with a librarian, email: library@cityofsalem.net, dial: 503-588-6315, or use this on-line chat tool.

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