How can I see what I currently have checked out and what I have on hold?
My Account. You can view your record, see what items you have checked out, renew items online, request items from the catalog, view the status of your requests/holds, create preferred searches, and rate items through My Account. For more information, go to My Account FAQs.
Why can’t I see what number I am on the waiting list for a title?
Our library network’s software does not currently offer this feature. However, the ratio of requests to the number of copies in the CLAMS system will give you a good idea of the length of the wait queue. Please see My Account FAQs page for more information.
The CLAMS system does not have the item I want. How do I suggest a purchase?
You are welcomed to complete and submit the Suggest a Purchase online form. Suggest a Purchase can be found on the CLAMS Classic catalog homepage under My Account. Continue reading
Where can I find information on how to use the advanced search features?
Information and directions for how to use our advanced search features can be found on the Searching FAQs page.
I would like to see suggestions of other titles to check out based on titles I have read.
The CLAMS library network subscribes to Novelist Plus. This feature provides users of the online catalog title recommendations, series information, and other enriched content while viewing a record online (may require scrolling down the page to see additional recommended titles). As well as viewing enriched content from within the record a user can also go to the CLAMS Novelist Plus site for more in depth reader’s advisory services.
How can I search the CLAMS Online Catalog for just adult books?
CLAMS has recently set up a way to search different collections. These collections include searching only adult collections, only young adult collections, and/or only children’s collections. You can limit to each collection from the search box under “All Locations”.
How can I get to an advanced search from an existing search? I do not want to have to start my search all over again.
You can always modify an existing search without having to start from scratch. After your initial search is complete click on the button above the search box. This will keep your initial search intact but also will allow you to add advanced search options.
As of March 2017 lists have moved to Encore.
Where can I find a list of new titles added to the system?
You can find multiple new, coming soon (aka future releases), and other featured lists on the Browse lists page.
Where can I find a list of the most popular titles in CLAMS?
You can find multiple lists of the most requested titles in CLAMS on the Top Requests page.
I would like to see a list of titles in the CLAMS library network that are currently on the New York Times Bestseller lists.
CLAMS maintains multiple lists, updated on a weekly basis, of titles based on the New York Times Bestseller lists. These lists can be found on the NY Times in CLAMS Continue reading
How do I borrow and download eBooks and eAudios from OverDrive?
OverDrive provides many help and “how to” guides & videos on borrowing, downloading, and returning titles.
I 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
Online Catalog Digital Media
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.
Library 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 http://bit.ly/1PjqW7O
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.
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.
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