Kelley Library A Brief History:
In 1798, fifteen years after the Revolutionary War ended, an act was passed by the state legislature which incorporated the Social Library in Salem.
In 1893, the state of New Hampshire offered one hundred dollars worth of books to any town that would raise one-fourth of that amount and so with a $25 appropriation by the town fathers the Salem Free Public Library was born. The library opened on February 17, 1894. Thirty-six books were circulated that day.
In 1895, the library moved into the old No.1 Schoolhouse next to the Town Hall.
In 1966, a new library was constructed at its present location as a result of a bequest from Arthur Kelley. The opening day circulation figure was 734 books.
In 1978, an addition housing the Children's Room and Reference Department was added.The library director at that time was Edward Reed.
In 1996, the library reached the goal of automation. Under the present director, Eleanor Strang, the library joined the GMILCS library consortium. The Dynix-based system includes an online catalog, circulation and cataloging modules and access to ten area library collections.
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