The Nantucket Atheneum has established a series of policies to provide a safe, productive, and enjoyable environment for all patrons. We ask you to review these policies as they relate to your specific use of the library. Should you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact us.

Fines and Payment Copy

The Library distributes overdue notices by email and text message.  Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt a library card holder from responsibility for overdue fines. If fines exceed $25.00, borrowing privileges will be suspended until fines are reduced below the $25.00 limit.

Loan Periods and Automatic Renewals

Eligible items like books, CDs, and DVDs will automatically renew up to three times. The new date is calculated from the previous due date, not from the date of renewal. Borrowers who have an email address will continue to receive a courtesy notice three days before the item due date. The notice will list items that have been automatically renewed and the new due date. The notice will alert the patron to items that are ineligible for renewal and the original due date. It is important to note that items that cannot be renewed will still accrue fines if they are late. Please note: this service does not apply to digital materials (i.e. Overdrive/Libby), Express and Rental items, Museum passes, Library of Things, and Other “non-traditional” items.


When all available copies of a title are checked out, a hold can be placed on that particular item. Holds can be placed online, in person, or by phone with a valid library card.  You will be contacted by email, text message, or phone when your hold is available. Holds are kept for seven days and then released if not picked up.


The Nantucket Atheneum (or the “library”) respects your privacy and has instituted this Privacy Policy intended to ensure that your personal information is handled in a safe and responsible manner.  As the island’s public library resource, the Nantucket Atheneum adheres to the principles in effect for public libraries in Massachusetts, aiming to protect the “identity and intellectual pursuits” of library patrons.

Library Materials Reconsideration

The Nantucket Atheneum is committed to the principles stated in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements. The Nantucket Atheneum will acknowledge comments and questions regarding the appropriateness of selection or non-selection of individual works. In such cases, the patron is invited to document specific objections on a special reconsideration form that can be obtained at the Circulation Desk.  The form will be reviewed by the Director, and a response will be communicated in a timely manner.

Internet Acceptable Use

Please review the Nantucket Atheneum rules of conduct for acceptable use of the Internet.

Child Supervision

The Nantucket Atheneum offers a welcoming, educational, and safe place for you and your child. The staff of the Weezie Library for Children would like to help you and your child in your search for recreational, informative and enriching literature and media. While we are ready and willing to serve your needs, we are not authorized to act in loco parentis (in the place of a parent). Parents, guardians, and caregivers are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of their children at all times in the Atheneum and on Atheneum property. Children, like all library users, are required to respect library property and to act in a manner appropriate to the use and function of the library. Please review our guidelines which clarify our concerns and expectations.

Public Use of Library Spaces

The public spaces of the Nantucket Atheneum are primarily for library use and for occasional use by community organizations. Please review our guidelines for use of the Nantucket Atheneum public spaces.