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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Help & Services

Access Policies

Salem State University Students, Faculty, and Staff

The Berry Library is open to all current Salem State University students, faculty, and staff. These groups are welcome to use nearly all of the services that the library offers, including borrowing materials, interlibrary loan, study rooms, and remote access to online databases and other resources. Only faculty are welcome to use the Faculty Research Reading Room.


Salem Community and the General Public

The general public is welcome to use the computers, books, journals, and open study spaces in the library. The general public may not have access to any of the study rooms nor to the Faculty Research Reading Room.



Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (a person aged 18 or over) in the library. Parents or caregivers must remain in close physical proximity to their children. Parents or caregivers are responsible for monitoring the activities and regulating the behavior of their children so that they do not disturb other library users. Children unattended by an adult may be asked to leave the library; Campus Police may be notified. Unaccompanied middle and high school students working on school assignments or other research may use the library, providing they do so in an orderly manner. Unaccompanied middle and high school students who are disruptive or who are not working on school assignments may be asked to leave the library.



Service animals are allowed in the library. Assistance animals or pets are not allowed in the library.

Instruction Room Use Policy

The primary purpose of the library instruction rooms is for librarians to provide information literacy instruction for academic departments. In order for this to happen, librarians must have priority over other bookings.
We understand that space is at a premium at SSU and that faculty members have contacted their librarians to use the library instruction rooms as computer lab space for their classes without having the librarians present.
Library classrooms be available to the SSU Community, with the following provisions:


  • Instruction rooms may be reserved only after the first five weeks of the semester. The first five weeks of the semester are reserved for librarian instruction use only.
  • Rooms are also not available from Reading Day to the end of finals each semester, as they are used for extra student study space.
  • Single, one-time bookings can be made for rooms 107 and 214 no more than 72 hours in advance. Room 107 has 20 computer stations for students, a large flat-screen display, and instructor’s station. Room 214 has 42 computer stations for students, two large flat-screen displays, and an instructor’s station.
  • Community members should contact the Help Desk if any issues with the room arise.


  • Rooms must be left in the condition in which they were found. This includes cleaning writing from walls and white boards, picking up trash, turning off the projector, and removing all handouts or course materials.
  • Food is not allowed in the rooms, but closed container beverages are permissible.
Failure to follow these provisions will result in loss of future room booking privileges.
Any other inquiries regarding library room use should be directed to the Library Administration Office, x6153


In support of the University's policy on confidentiality, the NOBLE Confidentiality Policy, FERPA regulations, and the ALA Library Bill of Rights, all Library transactions are considered confidential. We do not discuss with anyone, other than library staff, information about any materials checked out by any patrons. We cannot tell any patron, student, or faculty, who has specific material checked out, including Course Reserve material. If a patron comes to the desk, presents his or her ClipperCard, and asks what materials they themselves have checked out, we can look up their record and tell them. We cannot tell them what anyone else has checked out.

Emergency Closings

If the University closes due to poor weather conditions or other emergency conditions, the Library will be closed. If the Library should close, the Library Hours webpage will be updated and a message will be left on the voicemail for the hours line at 978.542.6808. The Library will reopen when the University reopens for business. If the University announces a delayed opening the Library will open at the announced time. Occasionally, the University will close for day classes but reopen for night classes; in those cases, the Library will be open reduced hours (e.g. 5:00 pm - close) or hours approved by University administration.

University closures are announced on:
Radio: WEFX 1230 AM, WRKO 680 AM, WBZ 1030 AM, WMWM 91.7 FM
Television: Channel 4 WBZ, Channel 5 WCVB, Channel 7 WHDH, Channel 56 WLVI
Salem State University Web Page:

University closures may also be announced over the University email system.

Faculty Proxy Cards

A Faculty Proxy card is a second card issued in a faculty member’s name. The card would be used by graduate/research assistants or any other designee. Items checked out on this card would receive faculty due dates (5/1, 12/1). The card could be used to request interlibrary loan material in the faculty’s name, however the materials would receive the usual ILL due dates. The faculty member agrees to be responsible for all items checked out on this card. Faculty members are asked to inform staff if they wish to have borrowing privileges on the card rescinded for any reason (e.g. student no longer works for them). Faculty Proxy cards are valid for one semester. The card may be used again, but a new form must be filled out if the proxy holder has changed.


The Berry Library has 42 lockers located on the ground floor that are available to all SSU students. There are also 26 lockers located in the Faculty Research Reading Room that are available to all SSU faculty.


Ground Floor Lockers

How to get one:
  • Current Salem State University Students may request to use a locker at the Library Help Desk.
  • Lockers may be checked out for the current semester with your valid ClipperCard.
Locker policies:
  • The Library will not be responsible for articles left in locker.
  • All library circulating materials must be checked out before being placed in the locker.
  • No reference books, serials, or library use only reserve books may be kept in a locker.
  • The Library retains the right to check lockers periodically for library materials.
  • Key card must be returned before leaving campus for the semester and before graduation.
  • You are responsible for a $45 replacement fee if the key is lost or not returned according to the above terms, resulting in loss of locker privileges.
  • Items left in locker after due date may be disposed.
  • Failure to comply with these rules will mean suspension of locker privileges

Lost & Found

Unattended personal belongings such as keys, eyeglasses, notebooks, gloves, hats may be forwarded to Lost & Found at the Library Help Desk. Most unclaimed items will remain in Lost & Found until the end of the semester, after which they will be discarded. Any valuable items (jewelry, purse, money, credit cards, etc.) will be held in the Access Services office for 24 hours after which they will be turned over to the Campus Police. Every effort will be made to contact the owner of any lost ClipperCards using the information in our records. If the owner cannot be notified within 24 hours, the ClipperCard will be turned in to the ClipperCard Office.