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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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Introducing Our New App!

CLAMS is proud to introduce the new CLAMS Library Network app! Available for iOS and Android, this app has a broad range of features and functions that will make your library experience a whole lot simpler.

Our app makes it easy to browse our collection, get details on items, make a selection, place a hold for later pickup, and even renew items previously checked out. You can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks with the touch of a button, then listen to them in the Libby or OverDrive app.

If you’re on the go and searching for the nearest CLAMS library, check out the Library Info feature, which shows location addresses and hours nearest to you with links to their websites. We’ve also added our Featured Lists so you can browse Top Requests, Coming Soon titles or New York Times Bestsellers and request the ones you want.

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.

Available now in the App Store and Google Play
Search for the CLAMS Library Network to download to your mobile device.

This app replaces the current app which is no longer supported as of May 1

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LEA – Statewide Access to eContent

Massachusetts Library Networks bring you LEA, a new and innovative way to gain access to more eBooks and audiobooks. Powered by OverDrive, LEA makes it possible for you to borrow eContent in all Massachusetts networks regardless of your home library.

Don’t see the title your looking for in the CLAMS’s OverDrive collection? Use your library card to sign in to another library network and find it there. Click here for more information and helpful instructions.

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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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Deliver Later now live on OverDrive

Deliver Later for your holds on OverDrive & Libby is now live. This short video explains how it works, or you can check with your local CLAMS librarian.

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Women’s History Month

Check out one of these titles from your local library!

Becoming by Michelle Obama
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans
The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and programmers. But the little-known fact is that female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation–they’ve just been erased from the story. Until now.

Conversations with RBG by Jeffrey Rosen
An informal portrait of Justice Ginsburg, drawing on a series of her conversations with Rosen, starting in the 1990s and continuing through the Trump era.

Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
A memoir from the Native American poet describes her youth with an abusive stepfather, becoming a single teen mom, and how she struggled to finally find inner peace and her creative voice.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells–taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Jahren tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classrooms labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work.

Lucy Stone by Sally G. McMillen
A biography of Lucy Stone, who, while often overshadowed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and others, played a pivotal role in the woman’s rights movement and fought for gender equality throughout her life.

On a Farther Shore by William Souder
The life and legacy of Rachel Carson.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Chang recounts the evocative, unsettling, and insistently gripping story of how three generations of women in her family fared in the political maelstrom of China during the 20th century.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone
Jason Fagone chronicles the life of this Elizebeth Smith Friedman, who played an integral role in our nation’s history for forty years.





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Congratulations West Tisbury Library

Congratulations to the West Tisbury Public Library for receiving a Special Recognition Award from the Department of State for providing outstanding passport acceptance services.

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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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Top CLAMS Titles of 2019

Ever wonder what your fellow Cape Codders were reading and watching this past year? Here are our top checkouts in three catagories:

Top 100 Books of 2019
Top 100 DVDs/Blu-rays of 2019
Top 100 Music of 2019  

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