The Salem Athenĉum 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 Athenĉum throughout its 200-year history and every dollar helps to keep this institution a vibrant part of the community.  Thank you for your continued support.

The Salem Athenĉum is a 501c(3) tax exempt organization.


How to Give

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

Please note that credit cards are only accepted for on-line transactions.

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

The Salem Athenĉum
337 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970



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



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.

Memorial gifts allow the library to purchase material not available through the regular budget and are a special way to pay tribute to a friend or loved one.  All memorial books receive a personalized book plate.




The Salem Athenĉum
337 Essex Street, Salem MA 01970
tel 978.744.2540 | fax 978.744.7536

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