Financial Support

The Salem Athenæum relies upon membership dues and donations to sustain the library and collections, educational programming, and care of the historic building and grounds. Members and friends have supported the Salem Athenæum throughout its 200-year history and your help to keeps this institution a vibrant part of the community. Thank you for your continued support.

Proprietors of the Salem Athenæum is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Our federal tax identification number is 04-1802590.


Book Donations

Gifts of new books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and used books are gratefully accepted. All items will be considered for the collections. Volumes which are not accessioned will be sold to fund collections care and development. Please no encyclopedia sets. An annual book sale is normally held in the autumn; however, donations are accepted all year during open hours.

To donate to the Capital Projects,
click here.

How to Give

Secure on-line donations may be made via PayPal using a credit card or check.


If you are 70 1/2 and are required to take a distribution from an IRA, please consider a gift to the Salem Athenaeum.  Click here for more details.


Please note that credit cards are only accepted for online transactions; we do not accept credit payments over the phone.


You may also send a check made payable to the Salem Athenæum to:

The Salem Athenæum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970


Matching Gifts

Many companies match charitable gifts made by their employees. Please check if your employer will match your gift to the Athenæum and obtain a matching gift form to submit with your donation.

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