To preserve and excite
the literary and cultural passions
of the North Shore
Incorporated in 1810, the Salem Athenaeum is an independent membership library and cultural center hosting lectures, concerts, plays, discussion groups, author and poetry readings, storytelling, workshops for readers and writers, and literary social events.
Library holdings include a contemporary circulating collection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature as well as historical research collections in literature for adults and children, natural sciences, political and social sciences, theology and travel.
Beginning in 2017, the Salem Athenaeum became the presenter of the Salem Literary Festival.
All lectures, concerts, and workshops scheduled through the end of April are postponed or cancelled. New dates for rescheduled programs will be announced as soon as they are determined. Please check this website for updates.
- Apr. 20:
Annual Meeting of the Proprietors
All current members welcome
- May. 8:
- May. 20:
Tea with Isa Leshko