Librarian Sarah Strahl stands near the automated materials handler, a machine that will process returns immediately, at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Salem's library is on the move.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 was the final day of services at the temporary Broadway Street location. Librarians are now packing up materials and moving back to the renovated main branch at 585 Liberty St. S.E., next to City Hall.

The main branch will open to the public Sept. 1. Salem Reporter got a look inside the new facility.

Boxes full of books and media wait to be moved on the last day of the Salem Public Library on Broadway location on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Rolling shelves wait to be used in the move on the last day of the Salem Public Library on Broadway location on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Rico Jesse, 6, and father Nick check out books on the last day of the Salem Public Library on Broadway location on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Joel Machiela and Heather Yehnert pack up teen programing supplies on the last day of the Salem Public Library on Broadway location on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

An oak tree is surrounded by benches outside of the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Relocated glass panels in the children's area at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A stairway to the teen and children's level at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Workers put the finishing touches on a study room at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A collaboration studio in the basement at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A seating area in the children's section at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A pixellated squirrel decorates a bookcase in the teen section at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The main area at the Salem Public Library, with art by artist Amanda Wojick on a shear wall on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The large print and holds section, now located near the main entrance at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

Seating and desk space in the children's area at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A stairway into the basement level at the Salem Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

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