CLAMS libraries are Stars

Star Libraries_ljx151101webStarLibsSquareSlugLibrary Journal’s 2015 Index of Star Libraries has  been released. Massachusetts ranks 4th in the country and 11 of the 15 Star Libraries in the State are CLAMS member libraries!  While we know all of our libraries are stars these are the CLAMS Libraries that  received various star ratings, ranging from 3 to 5 stars:  Cotuit, Dennis Memorial, Dennis Public, Eldredge (Chatham), Osterville, Provincetown, Snow (Orleans), Sturgis (Barnstable Village), Truro, Wellfleet and West Tisbury.   Congratulations to all!  Read the full article at


November is Picture Book Month

PBMLOGO-COLOR_WEBRES“The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the third annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. ”  American Library Association website
Find Picture Books in the CLAMS catalog.
More information: Picture Book Month


Miss the Virtual Catalog? The new Commonwealth Catalog is here!

ComCat_Web_SmallWhen you want to search beyond CLAMS – we now offer a new service.  This replaces the old “virtual catalog”. The Commonwealth Catalog allows CLAMS patrons  to find items not available at a CLAMS library. It searches through millions of titles at participating libraries across Massachusetts.   Remember to search the CLAMS Catalog first!  Commonwealth Catalog log in page.  Commonwealth Catalog FAQs.


Happy Thanksgiving

It’s the final countdown. Thanksgiving is less than a week away. To help you celebrate the day, we have compiled a list of Thanksgiving titles available to you for checkout at your local CLAMS library. Enjoy!Thanksgiving Titles


New Additions Last Month (October)

New additions to catalog
The CLAMS library network has added close to  11,000 items to our catalog last month.

Additions include: books, movies, magazines, eBooks, eAudios, books on CDs, MP3s, playaways, and more.

Request new titles from the following lists:
       Fiction                           Non-Fiction
       Large Print Fiction      Large Print Non-Fiction
       DVDs                              Children’s DVDs
       Audiobooks                   Music CDs
       Children’s Books          Young Adult Books

New and Coming Soon eBooks and eAudiobooks may be found at


Results From Our Online Catalog Survey

thanks for your feedbackWe received over 3,000 responses to our online catalog survey.  Needless to say, this was more than we anticipated. Due to the overwhelming response we need a little more time to analyze the results. We think this is a great “problem” to have and would like to thank every CLAMS library network user. We truly appreciate your feedback.

In the meantime, we have posted  a preliminary results page.
The Survey 2015 Results Page highlights existing features in our system that users commented on in the survey.

Thanks again.


eBook resources

You may already know that you can download eBooks and eAudio Books at no cost from the CLAMS Digital Downloads site with your CLAMS library card.  There are other great resources too right here in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Libraries – eBooks for Everyone.


Libraries – information, place, reading

“Americans still love libraries more than any other public institution.”
Read more about it.
All Those Techies Who Predicted the Demise of the Public Library Were Wrong


Where am I on the request list?

questionThis question features a lot on our current CLAMS survey.  “What number am I on the wait list for [the latest popular] title?”  Our software does not currently offer this feature.  However, there are some facts that will help you to interpret the data that you can view.  The ratio of requests to copies will give you a good idea of the length of the queue. And libraries frequently add extra copies  of high demand titles.  Check our FAQs for more information.



Download the CLAMS Library Network App

CLAMS Mobile App linkDid you know that the CLAMS library network has a mobile app? You can download the app for your phone or tablet directly from the app store by searching for “CLAMS library” or follow the link on our apps page:

From the CLAMS mobile app you can search the catalog, place requests on items, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, view your online account, find a library’s information and events, scan a book’s ISBN, and follow the CLAMS library network on Facebook and Twitter.

Download the app today.