Category Archives: Commonwealth Catalog

The Cat came back.

The Commonwealth Catalog is back! The majority of libraries in the state are now actively participating. For more information, visit www.commonwealthcatalog.org.

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Comcat “pause” almost over

In case you were wondering, because so many of our patrons enjoy this service, ComCat is taking a “pause” but will be back in September. With over 350 member libraries at varying stages of opening it make take some time to get back to full speed. We appreciate your understanding and will keep you posted.

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Comcat fines waived

Good news for all patrons who have interlibrary loans through Comcat. All fines for Commonwealth Catalog materials will be waived while Massachusetts libraries remain closed. One less thing to worry about!

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CLAMS Coronavirus COVID-19 update

March 24, 2020

As Massachusetts experiences an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), CLAMS member libraries remain committed to maintaining essential library services for our users while ensuring the health and safety of our patrons and staff.  

All of our libraries have closed temporarily to the public following Governor Baker’s announcement on March 23rd, but may still be providing phone or email assistance. Statewide delivery service of physical materials was suspended as of Tuesday, March 17th.  Due dates on all materials have been extended, holds will not be cleared during this time and fines will not accrue. If possible please do not return library materials to book drops at this time. Visit your library’s website for details.

CLAMS member libraries are working with their local municipalities and/or governing bodies and actively monitoring the situation to follow all recommended guidelines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  

Our libraries provide a wide array of online resources, including e-books, audio books, e-magazines, etc for borrowing on our OverDrive platform, and OverDrive Libby app for iOS and Android. You may currently apply for an ecard online and begin using OverDrive immediately.

Massachusetts statewide databases are available and our libraries also offer other local online resources to their patrons that can be found by visiting their website: CLAMS Libraries


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Comcat Upgrade

The Commonwealth Catalog may be unavailable between 6-10 pm Thursday evening, February 20th, due to a planned software upgrade.

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State Funding for Library Resource Sharing down 30%

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) has published an infographic to show how “State Funding Cuts Are Putting Library Resource Sharing At Risk.”

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