Category Archives: CLAMS Member Libraries

CLAMS Libraries offer a variety of services including: WiFi internet access, public use computers, inter-library loan, reference services, delivery service among member libraries, easy drop off, books (regular, Large Print and paperback), magazines, audiobooks (downloadable, CDs, Playaways, Cassettes), DVDs & Videocassettes, toys, games, programs for Adults, Teens and Children, community meeting rooms, etc. CLAMS Libraries cater to the informational, recreational and educational needs of their communities. In addition many CLAMS libraries hold special treasures and unique collections.

This is a brief summary of special Collections and archives at libraries on Cape Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. To see all reference databases CLAMS libraries subscribe to locally or statewide click here.

All CLAMS libraries offer free wireless Internet access.

New Catalog, Coming Soon!

CLAMS Libraries will soon unveil a new catalog. 

We are moving to the Aspen Discovery platform to enhance and enrich your experience.

Aspen makes searching for books and resources easier, pulling all library resources together in one search. Patrons can create and share lists of materials and online content or peruse curated lists created by their local library staff. Readers can easily find a title in every format available, read book reviews, and even rate items and see how others rated them. If a book or other item is unavailable, a “While you wait” feature offers suggestions for similar titles. These are examples of the many features in Aspen.

The CLAMS Aspen Discovery catalog will launch on February 27th. 

Why are we changing to Aspen?

The CLAMS Libraries have selected a new user-friendly catalog designed to make it easier than ever to find and borrow materials from the library! This powerful new search engine includes features like predictive search text, curated lists, personalized recommendations, and greater control over your user account.

When will this happen?

  • Migration of data will occur the weekend of February 25th & 26th. Your account will be unavailable during that time.
  • Access to your account on our current catalog will be available through February 24th.
  • ComCat and ILL services will pause on February 3rd.
  • Automatic renewals and notices will stop on February 24th.
  • Our new catalog will be live on Monday, February 27th.

What will transfer to the new catalog?

  • Your library card number and account information.
  • Your current holds and checkouts.
  • OverDrive/Libby checkouts, holds, and history. You will need to log into OverDrive/Libby again.
  • Reading history (if you opted in) will migrate over to the new system but will not be ready on Day 1.
  • The CLAMS mobile app will remain the same. Some features, like self-checkout, will take additional time to implement.
  • All eResources – access to databases, OverDrive, Hoopla, Kanopy, newspapers, etc. — You may be logged out automatically by some of these services and will need to log back in.

What won’t transfer to the new catalog?

  • Pins & Passwords (you’ll need to create a new one when you first log in).
  • Bookmarked pages.
  • Community tags.
  • Preferred searches.
  • My ratings.
  • My lists.
  • Commonwealth Catalog and ILL checkouts.

What are Aspen’s features?

  • You can update contact information in your account such as address, phone number or email address.
  • Select your notification preferences such as text, email, or phone call for holds.
  • Link family accounts to manage them all.
  • Search results are now grouped by format! Easily view what formats are available, such as: print books, audiobooks, eBooks/eAudiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-rays.
  • Check out and download OverDrive/Libby materials right in Aspen.
  • A catalog search will clearly show if an item is on shelf, available from another library, available online to download, or if all copies are checked out. You will see the number of copies and how many patrons are on the waiting list for a title.
  • Rate what you read, listen to, or watch. Your ratings will help the catalog recommend other titles you may be interested in.
  • Make purchase suggestions directly through your account if you cannot find what you are looking for.

What do I need to know now?

  • Until February 24th, nothing will change, though we have paused all Comcat and ILL requests for now. Those services will resume after migration.
  • Migration of data to the new catalog will happen on February 25th and 26th.
  • During that weekend the current catalog will be available to search, but you will not be able to place holds or check item availability. You will be able to borrow items at the library but you must have your library card with you.
  • You will not be able to access your account while the migration is underway.
  • If possible, make sure you have a current phone number and valid email address on file. This will make it much easier to access your account during your initial sign-in.

How do I access my account after migration?

After February 26th you’ll be redirected to our new website. You’ll choose your local library and click Select Library Catalog then SIGN IN using your library card number and the last 4 digits of your phone number on file.
You will be prompted to create a new pin/password when logging in. If you do not have a valid email address in your account for patron verification, please contact your local library for assistance with this process.

  • There may be some interruptions in the use of downloadable/streaming media or access to some websites and databases. However, we do not expect these services to be unavailable for very long and will restore access as soon as possible. 

Where can I learn more?

Check out the Aspen Discovery Quick Start Guide and these brief how-to videos on YouTube to learn more about our new catalog.

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2022 Year in Review

CLAMS Libraries were busy last year. Here are some statistics:

Infographic displaying the stats from last year
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Top 100 Titles 2022

Here are the top titles in the CLAMS Catalog for last year.
How many have you checked out? (links may be slow to load)
Top 100 Books
Top 100 Blu-rays & DVDs
Top 100 Music CDs
Top 100 Audiobooks
Top 100 eBooks
Top 100 eAudiobooks

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Handy New Database

Check out this new database available to all CLAMS Library Network card holders! Thanks to the Mass Library System, patrons now have access to Gale Legal Forms. Click the link below, click your home library in the list, then scroll down to Legal Forms. Included are Probate, Wills & Estates, Landlord, Tenant and many other forms. https://bit.ly/3zhW0mv

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Borrow a wifi hotspot

Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners CLAMS Libraries have Wi-Fi hotspots you can borrow for free with your library card. Call your library for more information.

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OverDrive App Update

OverDrive will be removing the OverDrive app from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store in late February 2022 and users will only have access to the Libby app going forward.

What is Libby?

Libby is the newest app from OverDrive, inspired by library and user feedback and designed to get people reading as quickly and seamlessly as possible. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to download the free Libby app. You can visit the Libby Help site for more information or contact your CLAMS library, which will be happy to walk you through using the app.

What does this mean for current OverDrive app users?

When the OverDrive app is removed from app stores, users who already have it installed can continue to use it with no disruption.

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CLAMS Libraries in action!

This video is just a preview of all the services CLAMS Libraries provide throughout the year. A library card is truly your best value! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBkzGbmTVHY

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CLAMS Year in Review

An infographic describing CLAMS statistics for the year 2021.
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Top Titles of 2021

Check out the top titles borrowed from the CLAMS Library Network in 2021

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