If you happened to check out a book from the Salem Public Library last March and – for some reason – still have it laying around, you'll be able to turn it in next month for food instead of fees. 

The library's Food for Fines returns for its second year of its no-contact virtual program, still benefiting Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem Public Library, and the community.

 For every $1 donated to Marion Polk Food Share, Salem Public Library will reduce library fines by $5. The program applies to overdue fines only.

Patrons can take part in a few easy steps:

• Visit Marion Polk Food Share's Food for Fines webpage and make a donation.

• Forward the email confirmation to [email protected]

• Include the library barcode number(s) for the account(s) to which the library should apply the fine forgiveness.

• Receive a confirmation email from Salem Public Library detailing fines forgiven.

 Overdue fine issues can be accessed in advance by logging into library accounts online or with the help of library staff at [email protected] or 503-588-6315. All items returned through our Curbside Service are checked in, free of overdue fines. Even if items you are returning have "overdue" or "lost" status, the charges will be eliminated when checked in through Curbside Service at Salem Public Library at Broadway.