After Hours for the Salem Chamber of Commerce -- many attended and enjoyed great conversation and networking.
The Stacks of the Salem Athenaeum
However, I finally had the opportunity last night, because they opened their doors for the Salem Chamber of Commerce After Hours event. I am so happy that they did this, because it truly is a treasure for Salem to have one of only 16 membership libraries in the United States.
Anyone may enter and use the library when it is open. The hours are as follows:
You do not need to be a member to use the books and other offerings there. There is much of historical value to see in the Athenaeum, so visitors should make it one of their Top 10 Free Things to See in Salem.
If you do want to check books and materials out of the library, you do need to become a member, but at only $90 per year for a household, it is a great bargain. And you can even become a proprietor of the library if shares become available. Just think -- being 1/100th owner of all this great history, and all these terrific books! You do have to wait for a proprietorship to become available for purchase, but I am certain that offering must go to members first.
I do hope you won't be like me, and wait 10 years before you take the opportunity to go inside to see this lovely resource. It is in the historic McIntire District, only a 10 minute walk from the Hawthorne Hotel, and is located at 337 Essex Street here in Salem, MA.