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 may request a provisional (temporary) account by filling out this form. Provisional accounts grant temporary access to online resources (such as eBooks) when you are unable to access the library in-person; you cannot check out physical library items with a provisional account. Provisional accounts can become permanent library accounts through in-person validation with a photo ID. Be sure to include a phone number and email address so we can contact you with the card number to use for online resources.

…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?

  • Materials may be renewed at the library, by phone, or online at NOBLE My Account.
  • Phone renewals require your library card number and/or the barcode number of each item you wish to renew.


…find out the overdue fines?

Adult MaterialsLoan PeriodRenewalsOverdue FinesMax Fines per Item
Magazines2 Weeks4 Times$.10 per day$4.00
Books2 Weeks4 Times$.20 per day$10.00
Audiobooks2 Weeks4 Times$.20 per day$10.00
Music CDs2 Weeks4 Times$.20 per day$10.00
DVDs1 Week4 Times$2.00 per day$10.00


…pay fines?


…reserve a study room?

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


…find the book drop?

Our after-hours book drop is located to the right of our main entrance and can only be seen when the wooden doors are closed. Items returned in our book drop before we open will be treated as if they were returned the previous day.


…print wirelessly using MobilePrint?

To print wirelessly, e-mail the file (PDF preferred) to
Call the library at 978-744-0860 to confirm your documents have been received and are ready for pickup.