Policies & FAQs

Collection Development Policy

Sturgis Library’s Collection Development policy establishes guidelines for the purchase and acquisition of library materials, the acceptance of gift materials for our collections, and the removal of items from the collections. The policy was updated by the Board of Trustees in November of 2019.

Acceptable Behavior Policy

Sturgis Library’s Acceptable Behavior Policy lists the rules for proper behavior in and around the Library so that patrons and visitors can have a positive experience.

Child Safety Policy

Sturgis Library’s Child Safety Policy explains the rules of the Library to parents and caregivers so that the Library can be a safe environment for all ages.

Additional Library policies:

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Please check our EVENTS calendar for specific days CLOSED.  If you are traveling from a distance, please call in advance (508-362-6636) to assure that we will be open on the day(s) you are planning to visit.  There are rare days when we must close on short notice due to weather or acts of the gods.  Please check our facebook page for unanticipated closing announcements.
Our COVID-19 hours are:
Monday 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 4 pm
Thursday 10 am to 4 pm
Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed Sundays & holidays

How do I get to the Sturgis Library?

3090 Main Street (Route 6A) in Barnstable Village, MA  02630
From Route 6 (the Mid-Cape Highway): Take Exit 68 to Barnstable/Hyannis. At the end of the ramp go north on Rt. 132.  In about 1/2 a mile it will dead-end into Route 6A.  Turn right onto Route 6A. Sturgis Library is approximately 2.5 miles further east on the left side of Route 6A (3090 Main Street), just past Saint Mary’s Church.
Traveling west on Route 6A towards Barnstable, the Library is on the right side of Route 6A, about 1/8 of a mile past the Barnstable County Courthouse in the Village center.
Parking is available to the right or left as you come into the driveway. A larger lot is available behind the Library, at the end of the driveway. There is limited on-street parking on the north side of the street just west of the library. Overflow parking is also usually available at Saint Mary’s Church, just across the street.
Please enter and exit the parking lot with caution, as we are located on a blind curve.
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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. There is also a bin in front of the drop boxes for oversized items that won’t fit in the return slots. 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 has them on reserve.  Sturgis Library no longer charges overdue fines.

How do I renew items?

Most items automatically renew up to three times, as long as no one has them on reserve. You can check an item’s due date in your account in CLAMS, or contact us at 508-362-6636 if you have any questions.

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. Please do not purchase a replacement copy of the book. We require payment for the item rather than a replacement copy.

Can I search the library catalog from home?

Yes. Search the catalog at http://library.clamsnet.org/

What libraries are in the CLAMS network?

You can see a list of CLAMS libraries here: http://library.clamsnet.org/screens/libinfo.html

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 on 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 public workstations (connected to a printer) 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 public copy machine that makes both color and black and white copies . Black and white copies are 20 cents a page, and color copies are 50 cents each.

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 staff at 508-362-6636 or send an email at sturgiscirc@comcast.net 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 sturgisreference@comcast.net.

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 Assistant Director/Adult Services Librarian at 508-362-6636 or email them at sturgisreference@comcast.net.

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 at this time.

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

Contact Circulation Services at 508-362-6636 or email them at sturgiscirc@comcast.net.  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:
http://www.abebooks.com
http://www.bookfinder.com
http://www.alibris.com
http://www.amazon.com

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 sturgislibrary@comcast.net

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 Local Links page.