1. How do I apply for a library card?
Cards are available free to any Massachusetts residents with proof of residence. A photo ID such as a Massachusetts driver’s license is required at time of application. Non-resident tax-payers also qualify for a free card. Other non-residents may obtain a one-year card with photo identification and payment of a nominal fee. Parents must accompany their children and sign the library card application for minor children. Cards are issued to children after their fifth birthday.
2. Can I check the library catalog from my home computer?
Yes, the library catalog is available on the Internet at www.clamsnet.org. Once at that site, you can check library holdings for all Cape and Islands libraries, that are CLAMS members. You may access your account using your library card number, on the back of your card and a four-digit pin number.
Library circulation staff will ask you to add a pin number to your card one when you register for your card. If you've forgotten your PIN or never added one before, staff can assist you with that. We send email alerts for items on hold or overdue items. We also send email reminders of tiems you have out. If you'd like to renew an item, go to your account by following the link in the reminder. If you need staff assistance, use reply and send you question to the staff. If you don't need help, it is not necessary to send a reply to the reminders.
3. Can I renew library materials by phone or online?
Yes, you can call the library at 508-539-1435 X 3003 and request an two week extension for books, periodicals, CDs, and audiovisual materials. Items with waiting lists are not renewable. Items obtained through the Virtual Catalog from non-Cape libraries or through Interlibrary Loan are not renewable and must be returned to directly to Mashpee. You can renew CLAMS items online as well as check due dates and the status of reserve items, using your library card number and pin number on the library catalog page.
4. How many items can I check out and what is the loan period?
You may check out fifteen books, audios, or periodicals and four DVDs at a time. Loan periods are two weeks for books, periodicals and audio items. DVDs circulated for one week.
You can also download audio books and ebooks by using the OverDrive link on the CLAMS' catalog at www.clamsnet.org. Up to 5 OverDrive items may be checked. A drop down box gives you a choice of 7 or 14 day loans. Items automatically return when the loan expires but items can not be checked in earlier if you finish them. Keep that in mind and stagger your checkouts so things are due on different days. Once you have 5 items, you cannot take out more until the loan expires.
5. Can I return items after hours?
The library has 2 drop boxes next to the front and rear doors of the library. Please use the media slots for DVD and music CDs. All other items Items returned in the drops after hours will be check in the next business day.
Items can also be returned at other CLAMS libraries. Sandwich Library is not part of CLAMS so items returned there may arrive in Mashpee after the due date and will incur a fine.
Please do not leave book donations in the drop box or outside the library entrances. Donations fill the drop box up and prevent patrons from being able to retun library materials. Donations for the book sale are accepted during library hours. We are looking for recent harcover books,paperbacks, DVD and audiobooks in good condition. If your items are very old and moldy, we cannot use them. We are not able to accept textbooks, VHS tapes or condensed book.
6. How do I make a Memorial or Celebratory donation to the library?
You may print off and complete the forms below. The form and check can be dropped off at the library or mailed to the address on the form. Items added to the collection receive a Memorial Bookplate giving your name as donor and the name of the person being honored.
You will receive an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible gift. Notification will also be sent to the family of the person being memorialized or honored.
Memorial or Celebratory Donations for Collection Material
Name of Donor _______________________________________________________
Mailing Address _______________________________________________________
In Memory of (name of person being memorialized)_____________________________
or In Honor of (name of person and type of celebration)__________________________Birth, Wedding, Anniversary, Other circle event being celebrated
Name and address of family for an acknowledgement letter ______________________________________(relationship)_________________
Type of Material to be added
Adult Fiction Adult Non-Fiction Children’s Book Audio DVD
Subject area: (for example Gardening Book)
Checks should be made out to: Mashpee Public Library
P O Box 657
Mashpee Ma 02649
Checks can be dropped off to the library or mailed to the address above. You will receive a thank you letter for tax purposes and the person’s family will be notified that you have made a donation. Giving us the family relationship allows us to send the family a more personal letter.