We are open! Patrons will no longer need to sign up for appointments and can enter the library anytime during normal business hours through either door.  Visitors are encouraged to wear masks if they are not vaccinated or if they feel more comfortable wearing a mask; maintain social distancing; and continue to sanitize and wash hands.  The library staff will continue sanitizing protocols  and will discontinue the quarantining of books and materials.  For more information call 978-544-6334.


Tuesdays  12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Thursdays 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Summer Reading Program is from June 1st-August 20th for Adults, Teens and Children. Come into the library to sign up, read lots of books and win prizes! More information is available by calling the library at 978-544-6334.

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Tales and Tails

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As part of the Tails and Tales Program this year the New Salem Public Library is giving away tickets to the Northfield Drive-In for six animal movies this summer, (movies to be announced). You can win free tickets by reading books starting on June 1st to July 29th. One ticket per day of reading. The Movie Dates: June 30th, July 7th, July 14th (Babe), July 21st (Fantastic Mr. Fox), July 28th (How to Train Your Dragon), and August 4th (Fly Away Home).

People from ANY town or library can get the discount at the gate, as long as they have their library cards to show. The discounted rate at the gate WITH library cards will be $3 for adults and 15+, $2 for ages 6-14, and free for under 6. Folks who arrive at the gate WITHOUT library cards can still attend, but will have to pay full price admission. KEEP READING ALL SUMMER AND WIN OTHER PRIZES.

2021-22 MCBA books have arrived! Come on in to check them out. 



The library is pleased to provide curbside pickup of library materials.

Call 978-544- 6334  or email nslibraryrequests2020@gmail.com to place an order.

Ordering hours – Tuesdays – 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  Ordering Items

Search our online Catalog here  to find items you want. Place a hold on items you want. Call to for a pickup time.

Picking up Items

Library staff will place your items in a bag marked with your last name and place it on a table at the south entrance of the library at the time of your scheduled pick-up. 

Returning Items

All items must be returned in the Book Drop Box.  No items will be accepted by library staff.  All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before being available to patrons. PLEASE NO BOOK DONATIONS AT THIS TIME.

Closings & Cancellations

Borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from the library for free.

Just click on the Meet Libby button below, scroll down a little over half way on the Libby website and you will find a video on how to get started.

We will remain open on snowy days, but we do close sometimes! Please call before you head out!  *978-544-6334*

Can't find a title in the CWMars catalog? Try searching the Commonwealth Catalog by clicking on the yellow button below.

Below is a link to an instructional video that the Athol Public Library has put together on catalog searches.

Below is a link to a Youtube video that the Emerson college made to show the steps on searching the Commonwealth Catalog.

Click on Books & Resources at the top

menu to see our NEW Materials that are in the library.

Public Resources

The Look4Help Public Resource Directory, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, is a free, web-based public information service that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are close to 1,000 agencies, programs or services at over 450 locations, available to serve you.

Our Friends of the Library have a brand new site that you can check out here!


Did you know we have       museum passes? Click here to learn more!