Bancroft Public Library is a small, rural public library; the heart of the community. 
We are located in Salem, NY, in beautiful Washington County.  
We are organized as a town library, serving the town of Salem and the surrounding communities.



At the Bancroft Library...

1. Borrowing is always FREE. Find your next adult fiction or non-fiction book (including large print), audiobook, or DVD/Blu-ray in our collection of new titles and old favorites.

2. Young Adult books, DVDs/Blu-ray and graphic novels? Find them here. Middle readers? Come in and find a new favorite. 

3. Young children? Browse our collection of children's books, DVDs/Blu-ray, and audiobooks. Our play area is a great place to bring your young children.

4. Can't find what you're looking for? The inter-library loan program expands what we can offer by bringing library materials to you from other libraries.

5. Interested in local news? Want to know what's happening in the world? We have local newspapers available and magazines for library reading.

6. E-reader? E-reader app on your smartphone? Download e-books and e-audiobooks through Overdrive. Return them without a fine! We're here to help you get set up.

7. We have FREE Wi-Fi available 24/7 and we have computers for public use. We also have four laptops available for patrons to borrow for in library use.

8. Need to print or copy? Scan? Fax? We can help. 

9. Doing genealogical research? Link to our resources on the left side-bar under the heading Genealogy Resources. We can also connect you with our town historian for any research you may need to do using local historical archives.

10. Need tax forms during tax season? Find them here.


Museum Passes

Thanks to the Friends of the Bancroft Public Library:

We have one family pass to the World Awareness Children’s Museum in downtown Glens Falls, NY. This pass is good for free unlimited admission for up to five people, and children under three years of age are always free. See www.worldchildrensmuseum.org for more information about the museum. 

We have two family passes to Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, in Manchester, VT.  Each of the two passes is good for the admission of a family of four to enjoy full access to all that Hildene has to offer. See www.hildene.org for more information about Hildene.

We have two family passes to miSci in Schenectady, NYThese passes each allow free admission to the museum for 2 adults and all children under 18 living in the same household. The passes also allow free admission to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium. See www.misci.org for more information about the museum and planetarium. NOTE: these passes also offer privileges as part of the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Membership Program (see www.misci.org/membership/empire_state.html) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers Travel Passport Program (see http://www.astc.org/passport/) This means that MANY more museums could potentially be experienced by your family!

These passes are available to check out from the library.



Early Literacy

Story Time Bags are available to bring the fun of story time to your home! Each bag has picture books, activities and materials. Take your pick of six themes: Birds, Butterflies, Colors, Food, Senses and Tools. All you need to borrow them is a library card in our library system. They can be checked out for two weeks at a time. 

Many thanks to the Friends of Bancroft Library for funding this project!


No automatic alt text available.Our library continues to partner with Books in Kids' Hands as a pick-up/drop-off spot for the School's Cool Preschool Book Bag program. This is a FREE book lending program for families with preschoolers who live in the Salem Central School District. 

There are 100 bags total, each with 10 age appropriate books. School district residents and their preschoolers can come in to the Bancroft Public Library, or the Salem Central School Elementary Library to check out a bag of books. Parents, grandparents, caregivers, or siblings can read these books aloud to their preschool children. After a family has finished with a bag, they can then exchange it for a new bag of books, again at either the Bancroft Public Library or the elementary school library, whichever is more convenient. When a family has checked out all 100 bags, their preschooler will have had 1000 books read to them before kindergarten!

Signing up is a simple process, only a short form to fill out. Each family will be given a folder with a record sheet to keep track of the bags they have borrowed.
Please stop in and check out this valuable program to help the youngest readers in our community.





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