Using the Library


Curious about how to go about borrowing materials from the Woods Hole Public Library? Have questions about what we have to offer? Find the answers below, or don’t hesitate to contact us or ask a librarian when you visit!

How can I obtain a library card?

All you need to do to receive a library card is fill out a simple form and show us a photo ID. It’s free and easy! You can even get the process started from home by applying for a temporary CLAMS eCard online.

What may I borrow and is there a limit on the number of items I may borrow?

Books, movies, music, magazines, games, sewing machines, and much more can all be borrowed with your card. The lending period varies depending on the item but is usually between 1-2 weeks. You are allowed to have up to 50 items checked out at once, and most items can be renewed three times if no one else is waiting for them.

Can I reserve an item?

Yes! When you place a request on a book, video or other library material, your name is put on a list of people waiting for the item. You can request that the item be sent to any CLAMS library. When the item becomes available, you will be contacted by phone or mail. For more information on reserving library materials and items click here.

How do I use the CLAMS Catalog?

We are always happy to help patrons with the CLAMS catalog – all you need to do is ask! If you need help from home, you can find many questions and answers here.

Do I need a library card to come into the library?

No, everyone is welcome in the library, regardless of whether or not you have a CLAMS card. We have computers available for public use, wifi, newspapers, magazines, and of course, plenty of books!

Do you have meeting spaces available?

We do have a meeting room that is available for personal or non-profit use. The room is frequently in use, so in order to check availability, please contact us.

Is WHPL a branch of the Falmouth Public Library?

The Woods Hole Public Library is a privately funded, public library, not a branch of the Falmouth Public Library. We do receive about 10% of our operating budget from the town, and we are connected via the CLAMS consortium, but WHPL is its own 501(c)(3) organization.