How Do I…

…get a library card?

To register for a library card, please come to the main circulation desk. You will need to show us a photo I.D. and proof of your current address. High school students must show their student I.D. If your I.D. does not have your current address, you will need to bring in something that has your name and new address to show proof of residency. For example, a bill, checks, a lease, or a letter that has gone through the mail. We will ask you to fill out a registration card.  Click here for directions to The Salem Public Library.

You can apply online for an account by filling out this form.  If the system is unable to automatically verify your address, a temporary provisional card will be issued which can be upgraded to a permanent account by visiting any NOBLE library with photo ID and proof of address.

A NOBLE eCard is a NOBLE library card that you can register for online to access electronic materials such as ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and databases. There are some restrictions, please see for more info.

…reserve or place a hold on an item?

If an item is checked out or located at another Noble library, you can place a hold and have it sent to the library.

  • Place holds by logging in to your NOBLE account, in person at the library, or on the phone by calling (978) 744-0860
  • We will notify you by email or by phone when the item is available for pickup and place it on our hold shelf for seven days.

…renew my items?

…pay for lost or damaged items?

Lost or damaged items may be paid for at the library or online at NOBLE My Account.

…reserve a study room?

Contact the Salem Public Library at 978-744-0860 and ask for the Reference Department.

…find the book drop?

Our book drop is located on the sidewalk, to the left of our main entrance stairs if you are facing the building. Items returned in our book drop before we open will be treated as if they were returned the previous day.

…print wirelessly?

You can print any document or web page from your mobile device or internet-connected PC to our Reference Department printer (black & white prints only) by going to and following the instructions. You can also e-mail files to Documents received are placed in a queue and will be printed when you arrive at the Reference Dept. (2nd floor) to claim your printed materials.

…find parking?

Street parking near Salem Public Library on Essex Street.