How Can We Help You?

Who can get an Eldredge Public Library CLAMS card?

  • Any adult may get an Eldredge Public Library card with proof of ID.¬† Children must be 5 years of age to get a card, and all children under the age of 18 need the consent of a parent or guardian in order to borrow materials from the Eldredge Public Library.

How do I log into my account?

What if I don't have or have lost my pin number?

  • We automatically assign the last 4 digits of your library card number as your pin number, unless you have specifically asked for a different number or assigned your own pin number.¬† If you need your pin number reset, please call or¬†visit¬†the¬†library.

How can I renew my materials?

  • In person at the library
  • By phone at¬†508-945-5170
  • Online through the CLAMS online catalog.¬† Log into your account¬†using your library barcode and PIN number

How many times can I renew?

  • As long as no one is waiting for the materials, you may renew two times.

How long can I borrow materials for?

  • Most items have a loan period of 2 weeks.¬† Movies have a 1 week loan period.¬†

Can I return another library's materials to you?

  • Yes.¬† Any items from the CLAMS network can be returned here and we will get it back to the owning location.

Is there  a limit on the number of items that I can take out on my library card?

  • The total¬†number of items checked out on your account is limited¬†to 50.¬† However, some types of items have their own specific limits.¬† Please see our Borrowers Policy and Restrictions for more detailed information.

Can I search the library catalog from home?

Can I request  books or get my name on a waiting list?

  • Yes.¬† You can do this through the CLAMS catalog by locating the item and clicking the "request" button at the top of the search screen.¬† You will need your library barcode and PIN number to do this.¬† You can also ask the staff to place requests for you - ask at the desk or give us a call at 508-945-5170.

Can I return my items if you are closed?

  • Yes.¬† We have return boxes¬†in the¬†parking lot¬†behind the library on Library Lane.

Do you have museum passes?

I'm getting rid of some books at my house.   Can I bring them to the library?

  • Yes.¬† Please see our Book Sale page for guidelines.

Can I bring in my old magazines?

  • We will take a limited amount of old, but still relevant magazines.¬† Please inquire at the Front Desk.

When is the book sale open?

Can I send  or receive a fax from the library?

  • Yes.¬† Sending: $2.00 for 1st page, $1.00 for each additional page; Receiving: $1.00 per page.
    Our fax number is 508-945-5173. If receiving, please have sender put your name and phone number so we can contact you.

Do you have a copy machine?  Is it color?

  • We have a black & white copy machine.¬† Copies are $.15 per copy.

Can I scan documents at the library?

  • Yes, you can scan documents and pictures in several formats to your¬†email, smartphone, USB or Google Drive.¬† There is no charge for scanning.

Does the library have wi-fi?

  • ¬†Yes.¬† We are the "eldredge" network.¬† No log in or password is needed.

Do you have a printer I can use?

  • Yes. You can print from all of our public computers.¬† We do not have printing available for laptop users.

Does the library have public computers?  Do I need a library card to use them?

  • Yes.¬† We have public computers, free of charge, for adults, teens and children.¬† You do not need to be a library member to use the computers.¬†¬†¬† You do need to sign up for computer time, which¬†fills up quickly in the summer time.¬† You can sign up in person or call the¬†library at 508-945-5170.¬† ¬†See our Computer Information ¬†page for more information.

How can I find out information about upcoming programs?

When was the library built?

  • The library was built in 1896.¬† Please see our Library History page for more detailed information.

Was this always a library?

  • Yes.¬† The library was a gift to the people of Chatham by Marcellus Eldredge.¬†¬† Please see our Library History page for more detailed information.

How can I get materials if I am homebound?

  • We offer a "ride and read" program in¬†partnership with St. Christopher's Episcopal Church.¬† Please see our Home Delivery Service page for more information or call the library at 508-945-5170.

Who should I contact if I need some research assistance?

  • You can reach our Reference Department through email or by phone, 508-945-5170.

Do you have meeting space available?

  • Yes.¬† We have several meeting room spaces available to non-profit organizations.¬† Please see our Meeting Room page for more information and to download the meeting reservation forms.

Do you have space for tutoring or a quiet area where I can study?

  • Yes.¬† Our Quiet Study Room is the best location in the library for tutoring and study.¬† Room reservation forms can be downloaded on our Meeting Room page.

Who should I talk to about volunteering?

  • The library offers many opportunities for volunteers.¬† Please download the volunteer form and return it to the Front Desk.

How do I sign up for the library newsletter and emails about programs and events?