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E-MAIL:|LOCATION:  28 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
PHONE:  (540) 375-3089|FAX:  (540) 389-7054|HOURS:  Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm

Local History and Information

E-MAIL:|LOCATION:  28 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
PHONE:  (540) 375-3089|FAX:  (540) 389-7054|HOURS:  Mon-Thur 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm

The City of Salem has a rich history and a vibrant downtown, and the Salem Public Library is here to help you discover it!


Library of Virginia's Yearbook Digitization Project:

Many Salem yearbooks, including those from the former Andrew Lewis High School, have been digitized and are available to view, download, and print from the Internet Archive! Check out the full collection of Virginia yearbooks here, or click here to go directly to yearbooks from Salem schools.


Discover Downtown Salem:

The Salem Public Library is located in the heart of downtown.  There are many shops and restaurants in downtown, with variety to suit any tastes.  The Salem Farmers Market is located right across the street, with homemade and locally grown goods available for sale on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the spring, summer, and fall.  Our library is also very close to Roanoke College, the Salem Civic Center, and the Roanoke River Greenways.  We welcome you to stop in to use our free wireless and public computers, read the local paper, attend one of our programs or apply for a library card.

Downtown Parking Map (coming soon)

Salem Museum:

The Salem Museum houses historically significant art, documents, photographs and more from the Salem area. Featuring rotating and permanent exhibits, plus a small library of local history and genealogical resources. Please check the museum website for hours.

GenealogyAncestry | Library Edition - Located under Library Databases

Ancestry Library Edition provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! [In-library use only]


Roanoke Times Microfilm: In-house Use Only

Salem Times Register Microfilm: In-house Use Only