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Salem Public Library Services


Salem Public Library Services

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The Salem Public Library




Services are provided to children, young adults, and adults by trained staff and volunteers through a broad and varied collection of materials and technology.

For information about upcoming library programs. check the monthly newsletter. Members of The Friends of the Library receive the newsletter by mail. Please select topics from the Index below, scroll and browse, or
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Art | Adult Services | Audio-Visual Center | Bookmobile | Branch Services
CD-ROM | College Catalogs | Delivery | Discovery Room | Foreign Languages

Health Collection | Historic Photos | Inter-Library Loans | Large Print Books
Library Cards | Loan Policy | Music Alcove | Oregon History | Outdoors Collection

Overdue Items | Periodicals | Public Access Catalog | Quiet Study Room
Recommended Reading | Reference | Renewal & Returns | Reserving Books
Heritage Room | Teen Scene | Tutoring Materials | Youth Services


Library Cards
A library card is your ticket to a diverse spectrum of collections and services. Any person living in the City of Salem may obtain a library card upon verification of address (children 6th grade and under need a parent's signature). Your Salem Public Library card can also be used at all public libraries within the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) area (Marion, Polk, & Yamhill counties) and at Chemeketa Community College. If you are living in the Salem vicinity, you are also eligible for a Salem card through a contractual arrangement with the CCRLS system.

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Returns & Renewals
Library books and magazines may be returned at the Central Library (at both inside and outside book drops), the West Salem Branch, and the bookmobiles. Please return audio-visual materials at inside book drops. You may renew books in the library or by calling 588-6060.

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Overdue Items & Fees
Late fines are charged on overdue materials. The library provides a courtesy reminder when items haven't been returned on time. The library fine & fee schedule is enclosed. If you have questions about overdues, call 588-6060.

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Public Access Catalog
The automated Public Access Catalog (PAC) is provided by the regional library system (CCRLS). This brings the entire card catalog and an expanding menu of helpful databases to you at each PAC terminal. The catalog lists all of the books and audio-visual items in Salem Public Library, and allows you to identify materials owned by all 18 member libraries in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) area.

PAC terminals are located throughout the library. Our Reference staff will provide the help you need to get started. Free classes are offered on a regular basis: call the Reference/Information Center at 588-6052 to register.

You can dial into the catalog by computer and modem from home, school or office. The phone numbers are 399-5259 and 399-5260. For information on how to connect, call 588-6064.

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Adult Services

Reference and Information Center
The experienced Reference Center staff specializes in locating information for you. Our computerized services place a world of information at your fingertips. We can locate and request virtually any book, magazine or abstract at any library in the United States or beyond. Two Information Specialists are always on duty. Talk to them in person or by telephone at 588-6052.

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Periodicals
If you have identified magazines that you would like to use. the staff of the Magazine desk will locate them for you. We have a large collection of periodicals and newspapers (both hard copy and microform). Microform viewing and printing equipment is available for your in-library use. Photocopiers are also available.

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Reserves
When the book you want is checked out, please consider reserving it. As soon as it's returned we will notify you that it's ready to be picked up at the Reserves Desk. There is a small charge for this service.

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Inter-library Loans
If the library doesn't have the books, articles, or documents you need, we can borrow them from another library. Contact the Reference Center to identify lending libraries. We will notify you when the item arrives. Inter-library loan materials can be picked up at the Reserves desk. There is a small charge for this service.

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Salem Heritage Room
This beautiful room is the place to study and enjoy books, maps, photos, and memorabilia about our city's history and culture. It occupies the space on the main floor of the library in the area defined by the bay window on the north side of the building. The room was made possible by gifts in memory of Max and Martha Gehlhar and Governor Douglas and Mabel McKay through the Salem Public Library Foundation.

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Quiet Study Room
The quiet study room adjacent to the Heritage Room is available for those needing an extra quiet atmosphere. The beautiful furnishings were given in memory of Library Foundation Boardmember Charles Gleason.

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Youth Services

You're never too young for the library! The Youth Services Division is dedicated to the enrichment of young peoples' lives. Books, cassettes, filmstrips, magazines. pictures, puppets, puzzles, and more are available for checkout. Microcomputers and educational software are available for use by children.

Library staff offers programs including storytimes, crafts, puppet shows, and films that are designed for specific age groups. Watch the monthly newsletter for dates and times.

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Teen Scene
In addition to the resources of the full library collection, the library has a special area for teenagers on the second floor. The Young Adult section contains a popular recreational reading collection of books, paperbacks. and magazines of interest to teens. The special decor is thanks to the Library Foundation.

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Discovery Room
The Discovery Room provides children with hands-on educational experiences through interactive exhibits. These exhibits stimulate thought, imagination, and understanding. The Discovery Room is designed for ages 2 and older. Volunteer docents staff this room. To volunteer, call 588-6088.

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Audio-Visual Center
The library's Audio-Visual Center provides access to a rapidly growing variety of media. Available for checkout are Macintosh computers, microcomputer software, audio and video cassettes, records, compact discs. framed art works. Polaroid cameras. slide sets, and paperback computer books.

For in-library use, the Audio-Visual Center provides opaque, overhead and slide projectors, coin operated typewriters and stereo listening equipment.

The Center also includes three TV rooms with videocassette players. Access to Chemeketa College courses, cable TV and Oregon ED-NET. via satellite, are special features.

The Microcomputer Room houses state-of-the art computers for in-library use. The computers are equipped with a scanner and laser printers. A wide variety of software is available.

For further information or to schedule use of any of the Center's equipment, call 588-6165.

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Exhibits and Displays
Exhibits by local artists and photographers frequently adorn the library's gallery areas. The library displays many of the Salem Civic Center's permanent art works. A guide to the art collection is available at the Reserves Desk.

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Extension Services

Branch and Bookmobile Services

Part of the library's mission is to provide its services at the times, places, and in the forms required to meet the varied needs of all its constituents. The West Salem Branch Library and City Bookmobile are two programs designed to help meet that goal. For current schedules please call 588-6090.

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Operation Bookshelf - Special Delivery
Thanks to the Assistance League of Salem, the library is able to offer free book delivery service to Salem residents who are confined to their homes because of physical disability, extended illness or advanced age. A special collection of large print books and regular library materials are available. Please call 588-6163 to register.

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Loan Policy for Library Materials
The Overall Limit Per Person is 50 Items
(Exceptions may be granted).

Audio-visual materials from the adult collection may not be charged out on a child's card. Most books may be renewed once for an additional 3 weeks. Audio-visual materials and "1 week" items may not be renewed.

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Adult Items

Children's Items

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Special Collections & Services

CD-ROM Databases
Databases at the Reference and Information desk include business information, phone listings. computer magazines, and more.

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College Catalogs
The library has the catalogs for virtually all American colleges and universities on microfiche, in addition to paper copies of all Oregon college catalogs. Ask at the Reference Desk.

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Foreign Languages
Books in Spanish, French, German, Vietnamese. and several other languages are available for checkout. Audio-visual materials for language learning are available in the Audio-Visual Center.

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Historic Photos
A growing database of historic photos is being developed on the new photo imaging system. Please ask at the adult reference desk for access to this exciting service.

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Large Print Books
Larger than normal print makes reading a little easier for those with vision problems.

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Music Alcove
The Music Alcove contains the library's song book collection, song index, and a selection of sheet music.

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Need to Read
The Literacy Alcove provides books and other materials for tutors.

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Oregon History
The Hugh Morrow Collection contains the biographies of Oregon pioneers, travel information, county histories, and information on Oregon's Indian tribes.

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Readers' Advisory
Our readers' advisory volunteers will help you find that good read you've been looking for.

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Salem Hospital Community Health Collection
Thanks to the Salem Hospital and Hospital Foundation, your health research needs are served by specialized medical books, journals. and a state-of-the-art computer system.

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Willamette Livability Collection
The Wes Sullivan kiosk houses books designed to enhance the enjoyment of outdoor life in and around the Willamette Valley.

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