Catalogs & Databases
CLAMS -- the Cape and Islands Libraries Materials Sharing network
You can access the CLAMS online catalog HERE. If you're just getting started, please speak with a Staff member about obtaining a PIN, and we'll show you how to use the system.
To search the Barnstable Patriot newspaper archive and find out about other newspaper resources, click here
Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families
One of the most-used resources at the Sturgis Library is the 50-volume handwritten set of vital records entitled Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families, (aka the "Green Books.") The set compiles Cape Cod births, deaths, and marriages from a variety of publications into one resource. The information was assembled by three tireless and dedicated women in 1966, and the only print copy resides at the Sturgis Library. It is also available on microfilm.
We have been working with the Boston Public Library on a project to scan and digitize items from our collections, and the opportunity arose to have the set digitized at no cost through the BPL's grant-funded project. The digitized set now resides in the Internet Archive, and is available online for the first time to researchers doing Cape Cod research and genealogy.
To see and use this important resource, CLICK HERE and choose the volume you are interested in.
Preserving Memory Photograph and Digital Archive Database
The Preserving Memory digital archival database is a searchable database of some of the library's most important archival materials, including images of documents, photos and postcards.
In-Library and Home Access to Genealogical Resources
We offer in-library access to Ancestry Library and New England Ancestors, as well as both in-library and at-home access to Heritage Quest Online. Users will need a Sturgis Library card to use Heritage Quest. To find out more about obtaining a Sturgis Library card or accessing the database, call us at (508) 362-6636 or email us at . Or, you can print out a library card registration form here.
To access Heritage Quest Online from home, CLICK HERE.
Home Access to Magazines, Newspapers, Scholarly Journals, Reference Books, and More
The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System provides access to online databases where you can search for full-text magazine and newspaper articles, research and academic papers, encyclopedias, reference books, special collections indexes and business information. (You may need to provide your library card number to log in to the databases from home.)
The Statewide Virtual Catalog
The Virtual Catalog allows you to search for and place reserves on library material in multiple library catalogs outside the CLAMS network in a single search. Library catalogs will continue to be added to the Virtual catalog until the majority of Massachusetts library catalogs are included. Click on the drop down menu and choose the CLAMS network, then type in your library card number. Then choose the library where you'd like to pick up your reserved material.