Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,  an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.   Find material in CLAMS.
Online research resources are also available.


Teen Read Week™, October 18 – 24

InterworldFind out more about Teen Read Week™.   Get Away @ your library  – escape into a great YA book – print or electronic – it’s all about reading.
YA titles added in September
YA titles Coming Soon: you  may have to wait a little longer for these as the books are not yet published but you could be first in line!
Lots of new eBooks have been added to the Teen eReading Room.  eBooks are free – all you need is a CLAMS library card.
Addional ebooks  provided by the Commonwealth.
Still can’t find anything? Take a look at all YA titles in the CLAMS Catalog.
And remember to check out your local public library for teen events.


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

When 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.


New Additions for September 2015

New additions to catalog
The CLAMS library network has added close to  10,000 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 


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.


Future Releases for Fiction Titles

Here’s the new future releases list for fiction titles. This list is updated weekly.

Add yourself to the list now and get the title sooner when it’s released.

View all of the future releases, new, and popular titles in CLAMS online library catalog.