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The Nantucket Atheneum is closed until April 1st, at which time our closure policy will be reevaluated.

As many programs as possible will be rescheduled and some classes are now available online. Check the calendar for more information.

Due dates are now extended for 30 days on all material that is currently checked out and any late charges will be forgiven. We encourage you to resist making an unnecessary trip, and we are also trying to reduce the need for staff to handle books at this time.

COVID-19 Update
Atheneum Closing Temporarily
March 13, 2020

Dear Nantucket Atheneum Friends and Patrons,

Upon careful monitoring of the unfolding situation around the country and in Massachusetts, the Nantucket Atheneum has decided to close at 5PM Friday March 13th, and will reevaluate our policy on April 1st. During this time, all Atheneum events are cancelled or postponed. Our decision to close has been made after much review of other library policies and in consultation with Nantucket town officials and other island organizations. Our goal is to protect those demographics in our community most at risk of infection and to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. We feel that any further delay in closing would diminish those efforts.

This decision was difficult to make; we know that during times of crisis and uncertainty, many of us turn to libraries as sources of information, refuge, and stability. We continue to strive to provide access to materials and services for all Nantucketers, and feel that at this time our responsibility to our community includes taking drastic but necessary precautions to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus through Atheneum spaces, materials, and interactions within our historic building.

Don’t forget – many of your library’s resources are available around the clock from the comfort of your home. You can download e-books and audio books, checkout digital magazines, and stream TV and movies 24/7. You can also access the catalog to view your account, renew materials, and place holds. Many of our online learning resources and databases can be accessed from your home as well.

We will also be waiving overdue fines until further notice in an effort to eliminate unnecessary trips into town.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to evaluate the situation and make decisions in the interest of community safety. We will continue to share information as it becomes available, so please refer to our website for up-to-date information.


Ann Scott
Nantucket Atheneum Executive Director