Online & Library Resources

Massachusetts Commonwealth Catalog (ComCat)

The Commonwealth Catalog extends your search beyond your local library’s resources. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request using your barcode & PIN; then the item will be delivered right to your local library for quick pick up. You know what you want — let the Commonwealth Catalog help you get it.

America’s Genealogy Bank

America’s Genealogy Bank allows patrons to easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index. Requires a valid Atheneum library card number to enter the site.

Nantucket Independent Newspaper

Search the Nantucket Independent newspaper to find local information on community issues and events, business, education, health, government and more. Archives span from March 3, 2005 to present. Requires a valid Atheneum library card number to enter the site.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)

The MBLC provides access to essential library and information resources, including searchable catalogs of more than 400 libraries in Massachusetts, millions of full-text articles in scholarly and general interest magazines, and full-text Massachusetts newspapers.

MBLC Databases

These databases provide access to web-based electronic resources that contain thousands of popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, newswires, business directories, investment reports, biographies, health and prescription drug information, literature reviews, and more. Search the databases.

MBLC Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections Directory

This directory provides access to the holdings of more than 650 repositories in the Commonwealth, including libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk’s offices. Search the Archive.

Atheneum Special Historic Collection

Special collections of non-circulating books, manuscripts, log books and microfilms are located on the second floor in the Great Hall Reference Department. These collections are searchable through our catalog.

Manuscripts & Logs

The Atheneum houses a small but important collection of ships’ logs, journals, letters and other documents relating to Nantucket. Search manuscripts and logs.

The Atheneum Manuscripts & Logs Database is hosted on the Nantucket Historical Association website

Historic Newspapers

Our collection of Nantucket newspapers spans from 1816, the year that The Nantucket Gazette was first published, to today, with Nantucket’s weekly newspaper, The Inquirer and Mirror. We preserve original copies of these papers. All are available on microfilm for use in the library.


Marine Mammal Conservation Collection

The Atheneum houses a unique collection of journals (scientific and conservationist), plus papers and articles about whales and other marine mammals covering several decades from the 1970s to present.

This material also chronicles whaling and the ‘Save the Whale Movement’ worldwide during this period. An additional subset of materials also covers interspecies communication efforts by scientific researchers of the time.

As part of the Nantucket Atheneum’s non-circulating reference selections the Marine Mammal Conservation Collection is open to the public free of charge during library hours.