Salem Athenaeum Values Statement


Working together with friends and neighbors throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts and beyond, the Salem Athenaeum is committed to the pursuit of knowledge through life-long learning, self-discovery, and association.

Foster Community:

The Athenæum warmly welcomes all individuals, creating a safe space for social contact and connection and embracing people irrespective of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.


Promote Education:

Our historic collection is a departure point for a journey of mind and body, where education is as much about passion as it is about accomplishment. Through program offerings as diverse as the community we serve, members and guests are encouraged to be inquisitive, learn in unconventional ways, and discover new interests.


Embrace the Future as Stewards of the Past:

An independent membership library for over 200 years, the Athenaeum has been able to curate a collection that is as extraordinary as it is timeless. By increasing the relevance and visibility of this incredible asset and improving access to the historic structure that houses it, we honor and extend our rich legacy by encouraging current and future generations to make their mark.