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Cape Cod Students Gain Access to eBooks from their Local Libraries

Students from several Cape Cod schools are now able to access OverDrive digital materials from nearby public libraries using their student IDs. CLAMS libraries in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, Truro and Wellfleet are partnering with the Nauset School System, Mashpee Library is partnering with the Mashpee Schools, Falmouth Public Library is partnering with Falmouth High School, and the seven Barnstable libraries—Centerville, Cotuit, Hyannis, Marstons Mills, Osterville, Sturgis and Whelden Memorial—are partnering with Barnstable High School. Dennis and Yarmouth libraries will soon partner with schools that offer OverDrive in the Dennis/Yarmouth District. Using their school credentials directly through OverDrive’s SORA app, students can check out and request titles from the entire CLAMS digital collection and will have priority access to their partnering libraries’ OverDrive Advantage collection. They can also get out-of-network materials through the LEA Project.

Lynn Weeks, Library Media Specialist, Mashpee Middle/High School welcomes the initiative:

“We are so excited we were given the opportunity to partner with Mashpee Public Library and offer our students access to additional eBook titles. Removing the barrier of a public library card and allowing students to access the public library digital collection in the Sora platform using their school log-on information has enabled us to meet needs we wouldn’t have otherwise been able to meet with all of the limitations of this current year.  We hope that this introduction to public library resources will serve as a bridge to students becoming lifelong library users and lead to students obtaining their own public library cards.”

Kathleen Mahoney, Mashpee Public Library Director said:

“Partnering with the Mashpee Public Schools to provide students with instant access to our OverDrive collections allowed the Library to support both the educational needs of the students, and encourage reading for pleasure during the past year of at home and hybrid learning models.  Our goal is to increase access and accessibility to all patrons and this initiative allows us to do outreach to a typically underserved population.  We are now collaborating with staff at the school who have asked us to work with them to provide full-service CLAMS library cards to their students.  This partnership could not have generated a more successful outcome for everyone involved!”

The CLAMS shared digital eBook collection has over 40,000 unique titles and over 3,000 eMagazines available free of charge.  Through the statewide LEA initiative, CLAMS library users have access to over 350,000 titles statewide.

CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing) is one of eight public library networks in Massachusetts that provides the library catalog, technology support, the ability to borrow from neighboring libraries, circulation, patron registration, Internet access and other critical services. CLAMS serves 35 libraries (38 locations) on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. More about CLAMS is available at info.clamsnet.org.

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New updates in Libby

Designed with feedback from Libby users these updates enhance your digital reading experience and help you find more of the books you love.

  • Home page redesign : New filters at the top allow you to see what’s new, what’s popular, what’s available now, and specific subjects. This is a great starting point to finding a new book to read if you don’t have anything particular in mind.
  • In the footer at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see updated icons, a new central menu button, and easy access to library search and your timeline.
  • Users can set up a Notify Me smart tag to notify them when new issues of magazines they love are available. 
  • Libby now supports wish list syncing with your library’s OverDrive website. Users with OverDrive wish lists will be prompted in Libby to sync their wish list titles into a single tag.
  • You’ll now see the length of audiobooks under the jacket cover so you instantly know how long they are.

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CLAMS Network App

Have you tried our CLAMS Network App yet?
Recently updated, the app now supports digital cards and self-checkout at participating libraries. Use the events calendar to find library programs and filter to those that most interest you.

Our app makes it easy to browse the collection, get details, make a selection, and place a hold for later pickup. You can check out eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines with the touch of a button, then listen to or view them in the Libby App.

If you’re on the go and searching for the nearest CLAMS library, check out the Library Info feature, which shows locations nearest to you with links to their websites.

The Manage Accounts tool lets you add multiple library cards — a great feature for families! Don’t have a library card? Request one through the app and access econtent right away.

Available for iOS and Android, this app has a broad range of features and functions that will make your library experience even better.

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Coming soon to OverDrive

Coming March 2nd! Holds suspension and redelivery gives you more control over your ebook and eaudio holds. Instead of missing your turn because you are not ready to read or listen to that title yet, you can suspend and redeliver the title when you are.

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2019 Year in Review

2019 was a busy one for CLAMS Libraries. Here is our Year in Review infographic. The most checked out title last year? “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

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New OverDrive Collection

OverDrive’s COVID Response Collection, just added, includes more than 294 fiction and nonfiction ebooks and audiobooks that can be checked out anytime without waiting! Children’s titles too! https://clamsnet.overdrive.com/collection/1186569

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Our curated lists can help!

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#TogetherWeRead

Coming to Overdrive on February 10 and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
No waiting – download immediately and start reading. http://www.clamsnet.overdrive.com

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CLAMS Public Libraries offer free WIFI

Nearly all CLAMS Libraries offer free and open public wifi both inside and outside the building. Use this handy map, to locate a library near you or refer to our Member Libraries page for more information.

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CLAMS Services Continue

This video was put together by CLAMS libraries as part of a recent legislative event. Though most buildings are closed to the public, library staff continue to work hard and creatively to offer services. CLAMS library services continue to be relevant and necessary in these challenging times.

We are resilient, resourceful, responsive and relevant! 

There’s a lot going on at your local library. Check out the video, the virtual events calendar and your local library website for more information.

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2020 Year in Review

CLAMS Libraries were busy providing materials for our patrons during this very unusual year. Here are some statistics:

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