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Celebrate spring with Library Trustees, staff, neighbors, and friends. Enjoy good food and drink at the beautiful Cummaquid Golf Club.

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March 2024 Newsletter

Learn about exciting programs and events coming up this month!

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Mayflower Families Silver Books

View our recent Zoom talk on using the Mayflower Families Silver Books for genealogical research.

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Sturgis Library featured on WCAI's The Point

Host Mindy Todd spoke with staff members Gabrielle Faria-Kalkanis, Jack Sheedy, and Christy Munier about our history, collections, and more.

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Get the new CLAMS App for Mobile Devices

The new CLAMS App is here! Search the CLAMS catalog from your mobile device, place holds, keep track of your checkouts, and more!

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FY2023 Annual Report

Read the highlights of the Library's fiscal year 2023, and see the generous donors who help fund library programs and services.

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Newspaper Indexes

Our digital newspaper archive of the Barnstable Patriot and the Register newspapers cover Cape Cod and the Islands from 1830-2017.

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Public Library & Research Archive on Cape Cod

Sturgis Library by Melissa Averinos

Sturgis Library, a historic public library in the village of Barnstable, is dedicated to providing services and resources to meet the needs of a contemporary community while preserving and promoting Cape Cod history. The library:

  • Supports the lifelong pursuit of personal, vocational, cultural, and intellectual enrichment.
  • Fosters literacy, curiosity, and creativity in library users of all ages.
  • Promotes the free exchange of ideas and serves as a community meeting place.
  • Offers a gateway to emerging technologies and informational databases which enhance traditional resources.
  • Serves as a regional archive and research center for the study of Barnstable County, history, genealogy, and maritime culture.

Lucy Loomis, Library Director