I’m new to the library — where are things located in the building?

Click here for a brochure with a floorplan: Floorplan Brochure

What are the library’s hours?

Click here to see the library’s hours: Hours

How do I get to the Sturgis Library?

Click here for directions: Directions

Who can get a Sturgis Library card?

Any adult may get a Sturgis Library card with proof of ID. Children must be 5 years of age to get a card, and all children under the age of 13 need the consent of a parent in order to borrow materials from the Sturgis Library.

How do I get a library card?

To register for a Sturgis Library CLAMS card, stop by the library with a piece of valid identification showing your current address. To register by mail, fax, or email, print this form and follow the instructions on the form.

What kinds of things can I borrow from the library?

The Sturgis Library loans books, movies on DVD, audio books, music on CD, magazines, museum passes, jigsaw puzzles, and unique items in our Library of Things.  We also loan downloadable e-books and audiobooks.

How long can I borrow materials for?

Most books, music, audiobooks, and magazines circulate for 2 weeks, and most movies circulate for 1 week — some series circulate for 2. Items renews automatically up to three times as long as no one is waiting for them. There are some exceptions to these rules.

Can I return my books when you’re closed?

Yes. There are two drop boxes to the left of the main entrance of the Library — one for books and one for nonprint materials.You may return materials checked out of any CLAMS library to any CLAMS library, with the exception of certain oversized or fragile items, and items ordered through the Virtual Catalog.

What happens if my stuff is overdue?

Most items automatically renew up to three times as long as no one is waiting for them.  After that there is an overdue charge for most items of 10 cents per day. Overdue videos are $1.00 per day.

How do I renew items?

  • In person at the library
  • By phone at 508-362-6636
  • Online through the CLAMS online catalog, using your library card # and PIN number. Don’t have a PIN number? Call us and request one. There are specific instructions for renewing books here:

What happens if library materials get damaged or lost while I have them checked out?

You will need to pay to replace the damaged or lost item. Contact the Library at 508-362-6636 and the staff will help you determine the best way to do this.

Can I search the library catalog from home?

Yes. Search the catalog at

What libraries are in the CLAMS network?

You can see a list of CLAMS libraries here:

Can I request books or get my name on a waiting list?

Yes. You can do this yourself through the CLAMS catalog by locating the item and clicking the “request” button at the top of the search screen. You will need to have your library barcode and PIN number handy to do this. You can also ask the staff to place requests for you — ask at the desk or give us a call at 508-362-6636.

I need to use a computer. What computer resources are available at the Sturgis Library.

We have 4 public workstations (connected to printers) and 1 laptop for use in the Hooper Room for historical research (connected to a printer). If you need to print anything, printouts are 20 cents each.

I have my own laptop computer. Can I use it in the library?

Yes. There is wireless internet access throughout the library, which even extends to the seating area outside of the library for surfing the web outdoors. No special login code is necessary to access our wireless connection.

Can I send or receive a fax at the Library?

Yes. The Library’s fax number is 508-362-5467. To send a fax, there is a charge of $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for additional pages. Overseas fax charges will be higher. To receive a fax, it is 20 cents per page.

I need to make photocopies. Do you have a copy machine?

Yes, we have a black and white public copy machine. Copies are 20 cents a page.

I am homebound, or have difficulty getting to the library on my own. Can someone deliver books to me?

Yes, we are happy to deliver books and other library materials to you. Please contact Circulation Coordinator Karen Horn at 508-362-6636 or send her an email at to discuss home delivery.

I need research assistance. Who should I contact?

Contact our Assistant Director/Adult Services Librarian at 508-362-6636 for research assistance, or email them at

I need someone to help me do my family genealogy. Can library staff do this?

While we can’t do your entire family tree, we’re happy to help you get started or identify resources. Contact our Adult Services/Refefence Librarian at 508-362-6636 or email them at

I’m a member of a group that is looking for a space to meet. Do you have meeting space available?

Yes. Visit our meeting room page for more information.

I need quiet space for research or tutoring. Do you have quiet space or study rooms?

The front portion of our building is quieter than the main area, and researchers who need quiet space may choose to work there. Other areas of the library are quiet at times, but we are a busy, lively library, and silence is not guaranteed. We do not have special space for tutoring purposes.

I want to learn more about volunteering. Who should I talk to?

Contact Circulation Services at 508-362-6636 or email them at  You can also fill out a volunteer application HERE.

Where do I find out about library programs and events?

Check out our programs and events calendar.

I’d like to sign up for the library newsletter. How do I do that?

Read back issues of our newsletters and join our mailing list HERE.

Do you take donations of used books and movies?

Yes. We accept donations of gently used books, movies, music, and more. The Library sometimes adds donated materials to our collections, though most materials go to our Book and Gift shop, where they are sold to raise funds for the library’s operating expenses.

I have a lot of old books that may have value. Do you appraise books?

We don’t provide appraisal services, but you can get information on the value of your used and rare books through the following sources:

Online Resources — See what comparable titles are selling for:


Booksellers & Apprasiers — Get a professional appraisal of your book’s value:

        • Isaiah Thomas Books and Prints, Cotuit 508-428-2752
        • Parnassus Books, Yarmouthport 508-362-6420
        • Rose’s Books, Harwich Port 508-432-1749
        • Titcomb’s Book Shop, East Sandwich 508-888-2331
        • Brattle Book Shop, Boston 617-542-0210

I have papers, books, photographs or other materials from my family, and might be interested in donating them to the library. Who do I talk to?

Please contact Library Director Lucy Loomis at 508-362-8448 or email her at

I read that the Sturgis Library is the oldest library in the country. Is that true?

Read more about it here.

I want to know more about the history of the library. Where do I start?

Visit our library history page.

I thought all public libraries were town-funded? I heard that the Sturgis Library has to raise private money to operate. What’s the story?

Find out more here.

I want to know more about Barnstable Village. Where would I look?

There’s lots of information and links on our Barnstable Village page.