Curbside pickup is available by appointment. Contact us for details.

#InThisTogether

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! We’ve been doing so much during our building closure that we decided to put all our stuff together in one place. If you’re looking for information on how to get a library card, what sorts of virtual programs we’ve got going on, or just want to see what we’ve been up to, then keep on scrolling.

We’ve tried to organize everything in a way that’s easy to sort through, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for let us know! We are available by phone Monday – Thursday from 10 AM – 7 PM, and from 10 AM – 4 PM on Friday. You can reach us at (508) 430-7562, extension 1 for Circulation, or by email at brooksfreelibrary@clamsnet.org.

Now, a couple quick things to keep in mind before you go on:

  • Don’t worry about fines. We are not collecting fines during our closure, and we will not be collecting them once we reopen.
  • Our bookdrop is open but please do not put donations in there! At this time we can only accept library items. We are quarantining things as they are returned, and space is limited! Help us keep our staff safe by keeping donations with you!
  • Just because the building is closed to the public doesn’t mean that we (the librarians) are not here! We are, and you can find us over on our social media pages: Facebook (BrooksFreeLibrary) and Instagram (739brooksfreelibrary)
  • Curbside service is available! See our Curbside Sevice page under Library News for details.

Okay, that’s about it. As you’re reading this page, click on headings to expand the text below them. And as always–


Library Card

Our Brooks Free Library CLAMS card is available to everyone. You do not have to be a resident of Harwich or own land on Cape Cod to get a card. Check out the areas below for answers to general questions.

Need a new card?

If you have never had a card on the Cape and Islands before then fill out this form and we’ll make you one! A Brooks Free Library CLAMS card gives you access to all the resources listed on our eLibrary page. Here’s the link to the form: https://forms.gle/DWKJ9JMVoxGCKqay9

Need to reset your PIN?

Your PIN would have been a short password you set up when you first signed up for your library card. It’s an optional field on our form so it’s entirely possible that you have never set one up before. If you think you have though, you can reset your PIN with this link: https://library.clamsnet.org/pinreset

**NOTE:  This only works if you have your email address on your CLAMS account. Give us a call or email us (brooksfreelibrary@clamsnet.org) if you would like to add your email address to your account.**

Have a card already?

If you think you have had a CLAMS card in the past, please email us at brooksfreelibrary@clamsnet.org. Even if it’s been a few years since you used the library our system may still have you in there.

Boston Public Library eCard

The Boston Public Library is an amazing resource for research and other digital opportunities. If you are over the age of 13 and meet any of the following criteria then you can apply for an eCard from the BPL!

  • You reside permanently in Massachusetts.
  • You are living in-state for most of the year to attend school.
  • You commute to a Massachusetts employer on a sustained and regular basis. (Your primary place of work.)
  • You own property (real estate) in Massachusetts.

Ready to get your Boston Public Library eCard? Head over to: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4197886/eCard-Registration

For more information about getting a BPL eCard, visit the Boston Public Library’s page at: https://www.bpl.org/ecard/

They’re also available to answer any question (reference or other!) at: https://apps.bpl.org/ask/


Building News

Curbside service is available!

We are following the direction of the town Health Department for the duration of the pandemic. Please refer to our COVID-19 Information page and to the Town of Harwich website for all official information regarding building closures, reopenings, etc.

Town of Harwich website: https://www.harwich-ma.gov/

The Town’s Covid-19 resource page: https://www.harwich-ma.gov/channel-18/pages/town-of-harwich-covid-19-resource-page

Brooks Free Library: Plan for Phased Resumption of Services to the Public

Brooks Free Library: Plan for Curbside Pickup Phase

If you’re just looking for general information about our building right now, see below. We’ve tried to answer some frequently asked questions we’ve been getting by phone and email.

Do you have WiFi?

Yes. Our wifi is free and open to the public. No password is required. Connect to any of the following networks from within our parking lot: Brooks Central, Brooks Meeting Room, Brooks NF, Brooks NF2, Brooks West.

Our wifi signal is never turned off, so you have access to it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If you are having trouble connecting, try hopping onto a different network. Sometimes one gets overloaded and needs a little time to reset.

Can someone bring me a book? Can someone print something out for me?

Per the direction of the Health Department, we are only able to lend library materials through our Curbside Pickup program. Print services are not available. This is both for your safety and for ours. For details about how curbside pick up works, visit our Curbside Service post under Library News.

Don’t forget — there are thousands of books, movies, CDs, TV shows, and more available through our eLibrary. Head over there and take a look at Hoopla and OverDrive/Libby. Get in touch with us if you need some help getting started!

Can I come in to print something or use the computer?

We’re sorry, no. At this time the library is closed to the public. Please refer to the Town’s website for notices about building closures.

Do you offer curbside service?

Yes! Curbside service is available to everyone. For details about how curbside works, visit our Curbside Service post under Library News.


Online Resources

We’ve got thousands (honestly hundreds of thousands) of materials available through our eLibrary. Newspapers, ebooks, movies, comics, genealogy research databases, you name it. And all of it is right at your fingertips with a Brook Free Library CLAMS card.

Since our closure began we’ve also branched out and used our social media accounts to post and share all kinds of fun and useful things. If you aren’t following us there already, you can check us out on Facebook at BrooksFreeLibrary or on Instagram at 739brooksfreelibrary.

Where are the ebooks?

 All of our eBooks (including eAudiobooks) can be found on Hoopla, OverDrive, and TumbleBooks.

We’ve increased limits on our Hoopla collection so you can now check out 10 items per month instead of 5.

Join our summer reading challenge!

Fired Up for Summer Reading is the adapted version of our long-standing summer reading program. Everyone participating in the Fired Up for Summer Reading Program can pick up a weekly prize at the library from our prize table.

The table is located outside Monday – Friday between 10 AM and 4 PM! Get started by registering at: Fired Up for Summer Reading!

The BFL Podcast

Join our fabulous hosts Jamie and Emily as they talk about everything under the sun that’s library-related or vaguely book-adjacent. The second season is going strong right now, but you don’t have to listen to the episodes in any particular order. You can find the show on your favorite podcast platform, or on here over at the BFL podcast page.

I heard about an escape room.

Our awesome Youth Services Librarian, Ann, put together a virtual escape room that’s fun for all ages. Ready to give it a go? Click on this link to get started: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfTW8-gy_1aN-eXfks4OEKPk-dfTbk9D1nL0Av6NYhFpeZ0tQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3Tn7gUkV0IqU-FhQJIzQl5pimr8ClkrgcKwHu7a55zXKl2fLpk_O2ib98

Book clubs

Time to go mobile! We’ve taken our book clubs online. For more information, see our Book Groups page.

We use Meet to get together for book groups. If you need some help getting started with Meet, give us a call at 508.430.7562 ext. 1 during business hours.

For students and parents of the Monomoy Regional School District

If you are looking for resources, here is a great list compiled by the Monomoy Regional School District: Resources for Families

We also want to let all the students and their families know that the library is here for them. These are trying times and we know it can be hard to manage schoolwork with so much uncertainty hanging overhead. If you have questions about homework we’re here to help. Our Youth Services Department and Reference Department are happy to help you tackle any research or tricky questions you’re trying to figure out.

To reach Youth Services email: acarpenter@clamsnet.org

For Reference email: brooksreference@clamsnet.org

Self-Care Mini-Series

Curious about how librarians cope with stress? Head over to our Self-Care Mini-Series page to see all the projects we’ve got going. There’s something for everyone, and the page is constantly being updated. Join in with building our cookbook, “Brooks Cooks”, or print out a self-care bingo sheet. You can find it all here.

Taxes and Tax Forms

Please see the Tax Form Information page under our Reference section if you are looking for tax form assistance. Please note at this time we cannot print out tax forms for you.


Other Curiosities and Questions

Didn’t find what you were looking for in the sections above? Try here! This is a hodgepodge area for general info and questions.

The CLAMS app isn't working. What should I do?

So here’s the skinny on that. Back in April during the height of everything being closed the CLAMS app got a major upgrade (the old contract expired and a new one was forged, if you will. One contract to rule them all.). A new app is now available to use, which has all the functionality of the old app, plus new user-friendly features.

What that means is you’ll need to delete the old CLAMS app off your device and then download the new app. You can find the app in your device’s app store by searching for CLAMS Library Network.

Here’s a blog post from CLAMS with links and an official announcement: https://info.clamsnet.org/introducing-our-new-app/

If you can't take donations, who does? What should I do with these books I want to purge?

Most likely the usual suspects (thrift stores, charities, libraries) who take donations are in the same boat as us: Space is at premium, there’s not enough room to quarantine things, no one is allowed inside to buy things from our bookstore so inventory would just keep backing up. We don’t know of any local Cape Cod places accepting book donations at this time, so here’s the best advice we can give you–

Recycle your books! It’s okay, there’s no shame in it. Recycling books is the best way to ensure that they become new books, and is just a natural part of the book life-cycle. Trust me, I’m a librarian, I know things.

Where can I go to use a computer and printer in Harwich?

The UPS Store in East Harwich has a public computer and printing services. Both are available for a minimal fee. Here’s the link to their website: https://locations.theupsstore.com/ma/east-harwich/1421-orleans-rd

Please contact them directly to discuss costs, services, and availability.

I heard you have a FAQ series.

We do! You can find all of the videos on our Instagram page, or on this blog post. The series updates as we collect enough new questions or update our curbside procedure.

What about museum passes? Are they going to be available? How do I get a pass?

Museum pass information can be found on our Museum Passes page. Keep in mind, many museums and cultural institutions have been impacted by Covid-19 and are closed to the public or have adapted their services. Please contact individual museums directly to discuss open hours and other service questions.