The Salem Athenæum is a membership library open to all. Our members come from all over the North Shore and beyond.  The Athenaeum is a gathering place for intellectually curious lifelong learners who are diverse in interests, age, income, and cultural background. Come read, write, or simply slow down and revive your soul in our classic Salem building and gardens. Enjoy a concert, a lecture, browsing the stacks, and free WiFi.  We invite you to become a member of our community today!

Subscriber Memberships

Subscriber members enjoy full use of the Athenæum including borrowing books and magazines without overdue fines, and receiving advance notice and reduced or free admission to Athenæum programs and events.

Individual Subscribers— $90/year

Household Subscribers— $150/year

Educator— $60/year
Teachers, librarians and support staff of pre=K–12 schools who live or work in Essex County.


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Proprietor Shares

The Salem Athenaeum was incorporated in 1810 with Proprietors as original shareholders. Since 1959, the Salem Athenaeum has operated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit open to a broader membership and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Today our Proprietors are highly invested members and donors who contribute to the governance of the organization and support it at a higher giving level.  Each new Proprietor’s name is added to the ‘lineage’ of his or her share.

Shares occasionally become available for new Proprietors. For these, there is a one-time donation of $500 and then Proprietors pay an annual assessment, currently $350, to support the Athenaeum.  Many Proprietors additionally support the Athenaeum through our annual Conservation Evening, Annual Fund, Gala, and as Patrons of special events and programs.

Please contact Executive Director Jean Marie Procious at 978.744.2540 or for details about being added to the Proprietor waiting list.

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