Bryan-Bennett Library

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Director's Message

Welcome to the new and improved Bryan-Bennett Library Website. During the past few years, Bryan-Bennett Library has undergone extraordinary changes, the most vivid of which is moving to 315 South Maple -- an action that literally multiplies the ways we can serve Salem and the surrounding area.

Our facility provides 1,500 square feet more of area for stacks and seating.  Additionally, we have 2 meeting rooms. A larger room that comfortably seats 200 people and a more modest-sized meeting room that will accommodate approximately 20 people.

The Friends of Bryan-Bennett Library also operate a cozy Book Sale Room. Through volunteer effort, this room is open Mondays through Saturdays. Hours Monday through Thursday are Noon to 3 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the Room is open 10 a.m. to Noon.

Our ally in serving you, the Marion County Genealogical Society, is located in a large office on the east side of the building.

As a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System, Bryan-Bennett Library can provide its patrons access to collections at most of the libraries located in Central and Southern Illinois. If Bryan-Bennett does not have a particular book, patrons can usually request the book from any Library System member through use of the WebPAC or at Bryan-Bennett Library with the assistance of Library staff.

The Bryan-Bennett Library Board of Trustees and staff are dedicated to doing everthing possible within their power to help meet your educational, informational and enterainment needs. We recognize that our only purpose for being is to help you.

We also recognize that the presence of a library says so much about the quality of life in a community; and having a library says a lot about the type of community that local leaders want to offer their constituents. So, we are grateful for the support given to the Library by the Salem Mayor, City Council and City Manager. We also are grateful for the sustenance that we get from other organizations in the community, such as the various civic clubs and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

One precious source of strength for us is the Friends of Bryan-Bennett Library, a non-profit organization that provides monetary and logistical resources for Library services and development.

But, above all else, our most valuable asset is our patrons -- the residents of Salem and surrounding areas.  The patrons are our purpose for existing.

Sincerely, it is a privilege and a pleasure to serve you.

Please visit us often.

If you have not visited us lately, please take a few minutes to stop by and see all of the new ways that we have to make your life more comfortable.

Yours truly,

Kim Keller

Library Director