Public Libraries in Harwich
Established in 1880, Brooks Free Library was the first free public
library in Harwich. Founded by Col. Henry C. Brooks and originally known
as the Broadbrooks Free Library, the Library is part of a broader
legacy left to the town by the Brooks family. The Library has been owned
and operated by the Town of Harwich since 1910 and is governed by a
7-member elected Board of Trustees. The Trustees meet monthly on the second Wed. of the month at 7 pm and welcome public input. Brooks Free Library is member of CLAMS, the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) consortium. Through CLAMS, 1.5 million books, videos and audio
materials of the 35 member libraries readily available to Harwich residents and visitors.
There are also two non-municipal libraries in the town of Harwich. These libraries are not branches of the Brooks Free Library. They are independently owned and are governed by a private association. Both libraries are open to the public and do not charge for a library card. A Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing (CLAMS) card is not needed to use these libraries since they're not members of the consortium.
Delivery of inter-library loan materials is provided by our library region to all three Harwich libraries and books and items returned to the Harwich Port and Chase libraries will be returned to us through the regional delivery service. However, since these libraries are not members of CLAMS, they do not use the same automated system, and items will not be checked in until they arrive here. This delay of a few days to a week could result in overdue fines, so Brooks patrons are advised to return materials borrowed on their CLAMS card directly to us or another CLAMS member library.
Harwich Port Library Association:
49 Bank St. in Harwich Port
(one block off Rt. 28, on the way to Bank St. Beach)
Hours: Mondays and Fridays 11 to 5 (off-season) and 11 to 7 (summer)
Chase Library Association:
Rt. 28 in West Harwich
(next to Friendly's, by the Dennis town line)
Hours: Tuesdays 10 to 4
Saturdays 10 to 2
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