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The Salem Athenaeum's mission is to preserve and excite the literary and cultural passions of the North Shore. Join us for Inspired works, lively discourse, and serious fun for the entire North Shore! Tax ID 04-1802590


The Salem Athenaeum is an independent library and cultural center offering readings, lectures, workshops, concerts, book groups, writing groups, theatrical performances and more.   All are welcome to attend programs and to visit the reading room for research or quiet study during library hours.  Members may also borrow books from the circulating collection. Membership is open to all. 

To learn more, visit us in person at 337 Essex Street in Downtown Salem or online at

Questions? Contact Jean Marie Procious, Executive Director, at 978.744.2540 or