Message from the Atheneum: COVID-19 Update

The Atheneum Building is Temporarily Closed; The Virtual Atheneum is open 24/7.

Library questions or concerns can be sent to

As many programs as possible will be rescheduled and some classes are now available online. Check the calendar for more information.

Due dates are now extended for 30 days on all material that is currently checked out and any late charges will be forgiven. We encourage you to resist making an unnecessary trip, and we are also trying to reduce the need for staff to handle books at this time.

COVID-19 Update
Atheneum Closed Temporarily
April 3, 2020

Dear Nantucket Atheneum Friends and Patrons,

We hope that you are staying physically and mentally healthy during this challenging time. The Atheneum misses you, and we are focusing our efforts on online programs and offerings so we can bring the Atheneum to you instead.

Our beautiful building at 1 India Street will remain closed until further notice. This is in accordance with emergency orders issued by Governor Baker and the state of Massachusetts pertaining to all non-essential businesses. We are waiving all overdue fees and ask that you hold on to your library materials until the library reopens.

And while libraries may be considered “non-essential” at this time, we know that providing information, connection, and an escape into other worlds are essential services, especially now. Take a moment to explore our website,, where the Virtual Atheneum is open to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We are proud to connect you to our digital programs, extensive online catalogs and subscriptions, education resources, reading lists, and more. And if you have any questions (or just want to say hi!), please email

By staying home and joining us online, you are playing an essential part in ending this crisis. Not only do you protect our community and the local heroes fighting the virus, but you help hasten the day we will greet each other once again in person.


Ann Scott
Nantucket Atheneum Executive Director