HELP Guides

help-153094_1280I would like a HELP/ “How to use” guide. Where can I access this information?
You can access our HELP pages to find information and directions on various topics including:

General FAQs        Email & Notices
My Account            Reading History & Lists
Requesting             Searching
Online Catalog      Digital Media



Future Releases for Fiction Titles

Jan 2016Here’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.


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


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.


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.


What’s OverDrive Listen?

OverDrive ListenNever wait for audiobooks to download again. Enjoy them right in your browser with OverDrive Listen. Continue reading


How To Spotlight: Load Up with eBooks & eAudios

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Downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, Music, and Videos are available to all CLAMS library network card holders. Continue reading