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Atheneum Library Card

The Nantucket Atheneum issues library cards free of charge.

Children under age 12 may apply for a Children’s card with the signature of a parent or guardian in good standing.

Apply online to get a temporary six-month Nantucket Atheneum eCard.

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CLAMS Catalog

The Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) catalog is the primary catalog of the Nantucket Atheneum.

CLAMS is the shared library catalog of the Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network, a non-profit, cooperative association of libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

Member libraries share resources — over 1.6 million items including books, magazines, and non-print resources — through a computer network with terminals located in each member library and also through an online portal.

A CLAMS library card allows patrons to borrow books and other materials from all member libraries.

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Commonwealth Catalog

The Commonwealth Catalog is a secondary resource that allows library patrons access to libraries that hold unique collections that are not available in the CLAMS catalog.

The Commonwealth Catalog covers millions of titles at participating libraries across Massachusetts. Items requested through the Commonwealth Catalog will take a few days to reach the Nantucket Atheneum.  Nantucket Atheneum will notify you when your items are ready for pickup. Items must be returned to the Nantucket Atheneum.

Please search the CLAMS catalog first. If the material you want is not available in the CLAMS catalog, search the Commonwealth Catalog.

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BookLists eNewsletter

Looking for your next great read? The Nantucket Atheneum is a member of the Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network, a non-profit, cooperative association of libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, that share resources through a computer network with terminals located in each member library and also through an online portal. The shared library catalog is Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS).

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NoveList Plus

The Nantucket Atheneum is a member of the Cape and Islands Libraries Automated Materials Sharing Network, a non-profit, cooperative association of libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, that share resources through a computer network with terminals located in each member library and also through an online portal. The shared library catalog is Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS).

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Access the Library from Home

If the library is closed or you are unable to visit, remember our digital services are available 24/7 on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. You can download e-books and audio books, checkout digital magazines, and stream TV and movies. You can access the catalog to view your account, renew materials, and place holds. Many of our online learning resources and databases can be accessed from your home as well. All you need is your library card number and PIN.

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Atheneum Computers and WiFi

The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to computers and Wi-Fi Internet at the library for residents and visitors. Our Wi-Fi’s identification is Atheneum.public.

Due to the computers’ popularity, the Atheneum allows computer use in 30-minute intervals during the busy summer season. Please check with a librarian for the session times at each computer location.

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