Members of the Salem State University community may borrow physical books and items, including:
Salem State University enjoys reciprocal borrowing privileges with the following consortiums. Reciprocal borrowing means that patrons/students of the following consortiums are granted regular public borrowing privileges (10 items, 21 days, 1 renewal) at the SSU Library.
|Material Type||Student||Faculty||Public (NOBLE) patrons|
|Typical items||3 weeks; 2 renewals||Due May 1 or Dec 1; 5 renewals||3 weeks; 1 renewal|
Options (decided by faculty)
|Audio material||3 weeks; 1 renewal||3 weeks; 1 renewal||3 weeks; 1 renewal|
|Video material||2 hours in-library use only||1 week||2 hours in-library use only|
Varies by item:
Varies by item:
Varies by item:
|Study rooms||2 hours||By request||n/a|
|Headphones, cables, DVD drives||2 hours in-library use only||2 hours in-library use only||2 hours in-library use only|
|Tests||7 days||7 days||n/a|
|Museum passes||Varies by subscription||Varies by subscription||n/a|
Reference materials and serials do not circulate. Rare exceptions are made with the permission of Library staff. If permission is granted for an exception, staff will use a Circulating Reference Materials Form to record the transaction.
Salem State University students, faculty, and staff receive reciprocal borrowing privileges with the following consortiums. Reciprocal borrowing means that patrons/students of the following consortiums are granted regular public borrowing privileges (10 items, 21 days, 1 renewal) at the SSU Library. Salem State students, faculty, and staff are granted borrowing privileges at libraries in these consortiums.
Databases at these member institutions may be used on-site at these institutions. Remote access to databases at other Massachusetts public colleges and universities is not possible at this time.
The Berry Library also grants borrowing privileges to some schools not affiliated in any way with Salem State University. SSU students may not have borrowing privileges at these schools. Please check directly with the library in question.
The Berry Library respects the delinquency statuses maintained automatically by the NOBLE system. Patrons may be denied borrowing privileges under any of the following circumstances:
Holds are requests placed in the system on behalf of patrons for material they wish to borrow. Holds can be placed for material that is currently checked out and needs to be set aside for the patron at their preferred pickup location when it is returned. Holds can also be placed on material that is available and needs to be pulled from the shelf and set aside for the patron or sent to the patron's desired pickup location. Holds are placed in two ways: by staff in our records management system or by patrons requesting materials in the web catalog. Library book pick for holds can be found in the lobby of the Berry Library and Learning Commons in front of the library entrance.
The library has museum passes to the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem State University faculty, staff, and students may use their ClipperCard for free admission to the PEM. Faculty, staff, and students may also pick up a PEM guest pass from the Library Help Desk. The guest pass includes a promo code that can be used for two guests to make an online reservation for free admission to the PEM at a specific date and time.
Material becomes "long overdue" after it has been overdue for 42 days. At this point, the patron is sent a bill notice and is blocked in our records management system. The block prevents a student from being able to register for classes or to obtain grades or transcripts. We make every effort to remove all blocks within 24 hours after all materials have been returned.
Salem State University Library does not charge fines.
Patrons who lose SSU Library materials must pay the replacement cost as indicated on their bill or as noted on their patron record. Most books have a standard (average) replacement cost of $45.00, but some books and other media have other costs as shown on the bill or record.
If you are a registered borrower of a NOBLE library, you can create an account to:
To access your account, you will need to type in your library card barcode number and a Personal Identification Number (PIN)/password. To obtain a PIN/password, you can present identification at a NOBLE member library, or set it up online if your account has an email address on file. Visit NOBLE's PIN info page for instructions. Please note: