Permanent cards are issued free to Martha's Vineyard residents and off-island seasonal resident taxpayers.
Massachusetts residents who are not local taxpayers may obtain a free temporary card, with a 10 item limit.
Only 1 temporary card will be issued per household.
Visiting out-of-state residents who are not local property owners may pay a $10.00 fee for a temporary card with a 10 item limit. Temporary cards may be renewed at no charge by returning visitors (within 3 years of expiration date).
Please bring a photo I.D. and/or proof of residency and mailing address when applying for a card.
Your library card may be used at all 34 CLAMS libraries located on Cape Cod and the two Islands.
Please bring your library card with you in order to check out books and other items as well as to use other library services such as computer access.
Massachusetts residents may apply online for a temporary CLAMS eCard to access eBooks and eAudiobooks.
MATERIALS, RESERVES & INTERLIBRARY LOANS
Circulating collections include: books, magazine, audio & videotapes, CDs & DVDs. The library subscribes to over 100 magazines, journals, newsletters and newspapers.
Most materials may be borrowed for 2 weeks, and renewed up to three times if there are no other patrons waiting. DVDs are
loaned for 7 days, except some series DVDs that are loaned for 2 weeks. As a convenience, eligible materials are renewed automatically.
Martha's Vineyard Libraries are "Fine Free" since 2020, however patrons will still be charged fees for lost or damaged materials. For more information please review our Fine Free FAQ.
Most library materials can be reserved. Items requested from the CLAMS network via home or library computer will be delivered to the library for pickup.
Items not found in the CLAMS network may be requested through the Commonwealth Catalog. Staff will be glad to assist you.
CLAMS library cards can be used to access library databases, online learning, streaming video services, downloadable audio and eBooks, including the digital collections of select Massachusetts library networks. For more information on available digital resources contact the library or visit our eContent page.
Passes are available for reduced admission at the Museum of Fine Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Martha's Vineyard Museum, and for Trustees properties in Massachusetts. Contact the library to learn more.
COMPUTERS & OTHER EQUIPMENT
Library cardholders may use computers to access the internet and basic office software for 60-minute sessions. Guest users may use the Express computers for 30 minutes sessions. Sessions may be extended if computers are available. Public computers are shut down 5 minutes prior to library closing.
A computer with filtered internet access is available in the Children's Room. Launchpad tablets pre-loaded with learning apps, videos, and games are available for in-library use. Gaming computers for ages 12-18 are available in the Young Adult room.
The library's "Creative" computer with Adobe Creative Suite program (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and more) may be reserved for 2 hour sessions.
Chromebook computers and Wifi hotspots may be borrowed for home use. Checkout period is for one week. Borrowers must be 18 years or older (or have a parent or guardian checkout on their behalf). Roku and Chromecast streaming devices and Kindle eReaders pre-loaded with popular content are also available for checkout.
Patrons using their own computers or devices can connect to library wifi indoors or in the library courtyard by connecting to the network "Library Managed,"no password required.
Printing from the library computers is 25 cents per page, color or black and white. The library can also print documents for patrons to pick up during scheduled pickup hours. Send the document you would like to have printed to [email protected] as an email attachment. Library staff will confirm when your printout is ready.
Instruction for using our online catalog, library apps, and databases is provided by staff.
We also offer a one-on-one basic tech help by appointment, please sign up at the circulation desk to arrange a day and time.
A large print reader and microfilm
reader are available for in-library use.
The Vineyard History Room is available for 45 minute reservations, beginning at the top of the hour, during regular library hours. Patrons may reserve one time slot per day.
Appointments may be made up to one week in advance, in person or by calling the library at (508) 696-4210. Please check-in at the main desk when you arrive at the library for your appointment.
The room may be used for individual study, to access the Vineyard Gazette on microfilm, or for small group meetings (up to 10 people).
Food and beverages are prohibited in the study room.
Library staff will not be able to provide audiovisual equipment or tech support.
Please note that library staff and visitors may need to access the room when it is in use, in order to retrieve books and other materials.
Reference librarian Ruth Konigsberg is a notary public and can notarize documents during regular library hours, Tuesday through Saturday. ( Notary services are unavailable on Sunday and Monday).
We recommend that you call in advance to make sure that the notary is available at the particular time you wish to come in. You can reach Ruth at [email protected] or call her at 508-696-4211 x 115.
Please be advised that we are unable to notarize real estate closing documents as only attorneys who are notaries are able to do that.
We also encourage you to visit our Gale LegalForms database, where you can find templates for contracts, leases, wills and other estate planning documents for free, which can then be notarized at the Library.