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Salem Online Teaching for Faculty: Access the Library Online

My Salem Credentials

When using your MySalem credentials to access library resources, please enter your username only and not the portion of your log in. 

Example: jane.doe NOT

For problems with your username or password, please contact IT.

Use the Library Anywhere

In order to access electronic resources off-campus, you must begin your search from the library's website at or a Salem Library Research Guide.

Finding Resources

Searching the Library's Catalog (Discovery)

The main search bar on the library's home page allows you to search for books, articles, films, and more all in one place. From the search results page, you can narrow your results by using the options on the left. In order to view an electronic resource from off-campus, you will be prompted to sign in with your MySalem credentials.


Searching Databases

There are two ways to access databases the library subscribes to on your behalf - through the direct link to databases or by using the Research Guides. Both of these options are linked directly from the library's home page. Research Guides are organized by subject or guide type and include resources recommended by librarians to help you with your research. The first time you select a database while off-campus, you will be prompted to sign in with your MySalem credentials.


Viewing Electronic Resources

To view electronic resources held by Salem Libraries while off-campus, simply select View Full Text or View eBook. You will then be taken to log in screen where you can enter your MySalem credentials. After logging in you should be taken directly to the item. If you have any problems, please email

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If Salem does not have access to an item, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request. Step-by-step directions are available on the Interlibrary Loan Requests page of this guide. 

Allow at least (2) weeks for delivery of books and at least three (3) weeks for audio/visual materials. Delivery of electronic copies of articles varies, but is usually between 3 and 5 business days, although this is not guaranteed since the lending library determines when an item is delivered. Since we cannot guarantee a quick turnaround time from the lending library there is no “rush delivery” available. Your item(s) will be held for you at the circulation desk when they arrive.

Additional information about ILL is available on the Policies & Procedures page.


Triad Academic Library Association (TALA)

Currently enrolled Salem College students and currently employed faculty and staff may borrow books directly from Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, as well as 9 other academic libraries in the Triad region. See TALA Library Agreement for more information. ILL requests may still be submitted if you prefer for items to be mailed to Gramley Library.


If you have any questions, please email

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. - SPARC

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