Frequently Asked Questions

What does CLAMS stand for?
Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) is a non-profit, cooperative association of libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, that share resources electronically.

Why do I have a CLAMS library card and not just a Mashpee library card?
When you register for a card at the library, the Mashpee Library becomes your “Home Library,” and you are considered a “Mashpee” patron. The single library card we issue to you allows you to borrow books and other materials from all CLAMS member libraries, and this is the reason our cards are commonly known as “CLAMS cards.”

May I return my materials to other library locations on the Cape?
Absolutely!  Materials borrowed from CLAMS libraries, except museum passes and non-renewable inter-library loans  may be returned to any member library. (Inter library loans are books and other materials borrowed from non-CLAMS libraries.) When you return your materials to any other CLAMS library location, they will be checked in and considered “returned” on that date.
All of the libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are members of the CLAMS network with the exception of the Sandwich Free Public Library, which is a member of the Old Colony Network. You can return Sandwich Library materials to a CLAMS library, and they will be shipped back to them via the state delivery system, but they will not be credited on your account as “returned” until they are actually checked in at the Sandwich Library.

Can I request a book or other item that CLAMS doesn’t own?
Yes. If none of the CLAMS member libraries own the item that you are seeking, you can use the Commonwealth Catalog to request the book from another library in the state of Massachusetts.  An item that is not available in any Massachusetts library may be requested from an out of state library via the Inter Library Loan system by calling the main desk and asking to speak to an Inter Library Loan specialist.

Can I pick up a reserve item for a family member or friend?
You can pick up a reserve items being held for a family member or friend, if you have their physical library card to use at check-out, or if they have completed and signed a Shared Access form, granting you permission to pick up items on their behalf.  A copy of the Shared Access Form can be downloaded here.

Are food and drink allowed in the library?
Non-alcoholic beverages in covered containers and water bottles are allowed in the library, but should not be enjoyed while using library computers or technology equipment.  Extreme care should be used to avoid spills and stains to carpets or furniture.  Light snacks and refreshments are permitted in the Conference and Event Rooms during meetings and programs, but they should not be consumed in other areas of the library.

Are pets allowed in the library?
Pets or animals, other than service animals, are not allowed in the library.

Do you have a notary public on staff?
No.  There is a notary public at Town Hall in the Town Clerk’s office.

Do you have a public fax machine?

No. The library does not have a public fax machine.  The UPS Store located in Mashpee Commons provides faxing services for a fee.

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