SCHEDULED CURBSIDE PICKUP IS HERE! Place requests online or by calling us. We will schedule you for a pickup appointment. See our Curbside Service page under Features Resources to see how we will keep patrons and staff members safe!

Stuck @ Home? Remote Resources During Closure

Hey all you cool cats and kittens! We’ve been doing so much during our building closure that we decided the best thing we could do was put links together all 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 then let us know! We’re working from home and on a rotational shift inside the library so we are checking our phone and our email daily. You can reach us at (508) 430-7562, extension 1 for Circulation, or at brooksfreelibrary@clamsnet.org. If you need to get in touch with a specific staff member, all of our contact info is available on our Staff Directory page.

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.
  • All due dates of materials that were due after the library closed have been extended.
  • Library card expiration dates have also been extended.
  • Our bookdrop is currently 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, it 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 Featured Resources 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 Novel Coronavirus 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 East.

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 Featured Resources.

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 Featured Resources.


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 reading challenge!

Fired Up for Reading is the reading challenge we’re hosting in partnership with the Harwich Fire Department (thanks HFD!). Head over to our beanstack page here, Fired Up for Reading!, to sign up.

So what is the challenge exactly? It’s pretty straightforward. Once you register you’ll be able to log the time you’ve spent doing any activity while you’re staying home to help flatten the curve. Yes, we do mean any activity. If you walk your pet, or pick up sticks in your yard, that counts! We know it’s called a “reading” challenge but even we are having trouble getting into books right now. We get it, so that’s why we’re saying all activities count.

If you log over five hours of time you’ll be entered to win the grand prize– being Chief for a day at the Harwich Fire Department and getting to ride on one of their lovely engines. There might be a tour involved too, or so we hear! Two winners will be chosen once the challenge is over, one from the over 18 age group and one from the under 18 age group.

The challenge’s final day is still TBD. It’ll probably be once things are looking more normal, so go ahead and start logging your hours. If you have questions, send us an email or DM us on Facebook or Instagram! May the odds be ever in your favor.

The BFL Podcast

Yes, it’s true, the BFL Podcast is really putting out an episode each week during our closure. 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 listen to 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 newest book club online. Introducing The Mind Readers. This virtual book club is open to everyone over the age of 18. Our first meeting is on April 30 at 2 PM. We’ll be chatting about books that have been turned into movies. Pick any title you like–from any genre– and join us for a virtual meeting!

If you’d like some suggestions, here’s a collection on Hoopla to get you started: https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/899

We’ll be using Meet to get together. In order to keep the session private so we don’t run into any incidents like Zoom bombing, we’re asking everyone to email us first if you’d like to join. Send a quick message with your name and email address to Jamie or Emily at jthornton@clamsnet.org or ecarta@clamsnet.org. We’ll reply with a link for the meeting!

Lastly, this book club is intended for the 18+ age range. That said, please feel free to read books from the YA or Children’s genre if you want! There are some really great movies made from YA/J books. (ex: The Hobbit. Need we say more?) Stay safe everyone, and we hope to see you here!

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, print out a self-care bingo sheet, or watch some awesome DIY videos. 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 hand out tax forms or print them for you.

Temporarily Added Things

Ancestry for Libraries Remote Access

This resource is typically for in-library use only. However, Proquest is offering temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition for patrons.

Link: https://script.google.com/a/macros/clamsnet.org/s/AKfycbxP6qo33Igb0lzbQB4cop-E89EWE7bZ1ElmluOf6eNBpImpjBQ/exec