Cataloging's mission is to catalog and classify all media in the library's collections. Newly purchased items and donated items are cataloged using the Library of Congress classification system and AACRII cataloging rules of description. Printed works, non-print media, microforms, and serials are treated. Cataloging, processing, barcoding, repairing of books, and mylar covering of new paperbacks are done in-house, while bindery work for damaged items are done out-of-house at a commercial bindery.

Salem State catalogs everything on OCLC and on the NOBLE Evergreen Catalog. All newly cataloged and recataloged items are available online the day after cataloging is finished.

A second aspect of cataloging's work is maintaining Salem State records in the NOBLE Catalog. All newly cataloged and reclassified items are entered in the the NOBLE Catalog. The shelflist is maintained and retrospective conversion of the library's holding is carried out.

The final aspect of cataloging's mission is to do day-to-day maintenance of all books, such as relabeling, putting in new barcodes, adding volumes thought to be lost, and correcting errors in the catalog.

Circulation and Reserves

The circulation/reserves department is located on the first floor of the library.

Please contact Tom Neenan for more information on circulation/reserves or to place an item on reserve.

For more information on how to place materials on reserve, please see our reserves guidelines and course reserves page.

Collection Development and Acquisitions Department and Electronic Resources

For electronic resources and print ordering, questions, information, or trials (databases, books, journals), please contact Nancy George.

For subject specific requests (print or electronic), please contact the appropriate subject specialist librarian.


Contact the reference desk: 978.542.6766

Reference and Research Assistance

The library provides general reference and research assistance seven days a week, including nights and weekends (email, chat, phone, in-person). In-depth, individualized assistance may be scheduled on an appointment basis with a subject specialist librarian.


The reference collection consists of materials in electronic formats and non-circulating materials such as encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, atlases, yearbooks, statistical sources, and bibliographies on general and specific subjects. United States and Massachusetts laws and court decisions are available through the library webpage.


Faculty may schedule library research classes taught by professional librarians. Focus may range from basic tours to advanced subject-related classes. For more information please see the instructional services webpage.

ADA Workstations

ADA workstations are available. Please contact reference for more information.

  • Got a Question? Tel: 978.542.6230

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