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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons


A guide to library resources and services for SSU faculty.

About the Library

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The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State University is located on North Campus, in a facility completed in 2013.  The building houses the university library and a learning commons that includes a variety of academic support services.  The learning commons brings the Center for Academic Excellence, Academic Advising, TRIO programs, Disabilities Services, the Writing Center, and the Honors Program together and recognizes the synergy between and among these academic services and the library.

The library has been designed to take advantage of evolving pedagogies and technologies.  Learning spaces have been planned to meet the varied needs of students and faculty, in a fully networked and wireless environment.

The library includes:

  • A Help Desk - a combined circulation, reserve, interlibrary loan and reference desk where you can check out and return library materials, request resources from other libraries throughout the world, and ask research questions. 
  • A collection of over 325,000 high-quality scholarly books, periodicals and media. This is in addition to access to an expanding collection of electronic resources covering the full array of academic disciplines, including over 300,000 electronic books and 57,000 journals.
  • Three fully-equipped high-tech classrooms where professional librarians provide information literacy instruction and subject-specific upper-division and graduate-level research instruction.
  • Over 1,000 study seats, in a variety of forms – including collaborative workstations, lounge seating, study carrels, laptop tables, individual and group study tables, a cozy IDEA Den, a Family Study Room, and twelve group study rooms where students can collaborate on class projects, gather in study groups, and meet for scholarly purposes.
  • More than 150 public access computer workstations as well as adaptive technology workstations near the help desk and in a specialized group study room on the first floor.

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Research and Instruction Librarians

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Each academic department at Salem State University has a Research and Instruction Librarian working with them.  These librarians are your go-to source for collection development, class instruction, class or assignment related research guides, and in-depth research assistance (faculty and students). 

Contact your librarian today!

Library Info

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Phone Numbers:

Archives: 978-542-6781

Circulation: 978-542-6368

Reserves: 978-542-6764

Interlibrary Loan: 978-542-6501 or  Fax: 978-542-6596

Help Desk:  978-542-6230 or create a help ticket at

Book Return Locations:

Library Help Desk         

North Campus, book drop outside College Dr. entrance & Ellison Center 

Central Campus, book drop outside Bertolon lot entrance

South Campus, book drop outside Harrington Building