Library Hours

11 AM to 6 PM

11 AM to 4 PM

Closed Sunday and Monday


Holiday Hours

Closed most holidays, including:

Memorial Day weekend
Labor Day weekend
Thanksgiving and Friday after, open Saturday
December 25-January 1

Call 978-744-2540 for details about holiday hours.




The Salem Athenaeum is located at
337 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970.

For directions from your location,
click here.



Free street parking may be available on Essex Street. Metered municipal lots are located at the intersection of Essex Street and Sewall Street and Crombie Street. Travel east on Essex through the traffic light at North Street, and the lots are on either side of the next intersection.


Inclement Weather Policy

If the City of Salem declares a city-wide emergency parking ban (blue flashing lights at major intersections), the Athenæum is closed, and any planned events or meetings are cancelled for the duration of the parking ban. If a parking ban is lifted by 5:00 p.m., we will hold regularly scheduled events that evening. Online events will be held as planned unless declared otherwise on the website, social media, and email notices.

If there is not an active parking ban during a scheduled program, it will be held unless declared otherwise on the website, voicemail, and email.

We will do our best to be open during regular hours.