The Nantucket Atheneum Public Library issues library cards free of charge. Children under age 12 may apply for a Children’s card with the signature of a parent or guardian in good standing. Library cards may also be issued to other categories of borrowers such as the homebound, teachers, local institutions, or out of state residents.

Apply for a Library Card Online

Complete the form to get a temporary 30 day CLAMS eCard. This form is for new personal registrations only. Then visit the Atheneum, within 30 days, to complete the library card application.   This card does not have download privileges for any online services like Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla, Mango, or Flipster.

Loan Periods and Automatic Renewals

Eligible items like books, CDs, and DVDs will automatically renew up to three times. The new date is calculated from the previous due date, not from the date of renewal.

Borrowers who have an email address will continue to receive a courtesy notice three days before the item due date. The notice will list items that have been automatically renewed and the new due date. The notice will alert the patron to items that are ineligible for renewal and the original due date. It is important to note that items that cannot be renewed will still accrue fines if they are late.

Please note: this service does not apply to digital materials (i.e. Overdrive/Libby), Express and Rental items, Museum passes, Library of Things, and Other “non-traditional” items.

Materials cannot be renewed if:

There is a hold on the item
The item has reached its renewal limit
Your account is blocked due to excessive fines or replacement fees.
Your card has expired

If you have any questions, please call us at 508-228-1110 x 101

Fines and Payments

The Library distributes overdue notices by email and text message.  Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt a library card holder from responsibility for overdue fines.

If fines exceed $25.00, borrowing privileges will be suspended until fines are reduced below the $25.00 limit.

Material Loan Periods Fines Maximum Fines
Books 14 days** $.10/day $3.00 adults
$1.00 children
Videos/DVDs 7 days** $1/day $3.00 adults and children
Audio (cassette, CD & play-away) 14 days** $.10/day $3.00 adults
$1.00 children
Magazines 14 days $.10/day $3.00 adults
$1.00 children
Computer Games 14 days $1/day $3.00 adults and children
ILL – Interlibrary loan 28 days $1.00/day replacement cost is $75 w/ $5 processing added
ComCAT Loan 8 days $1.00/day replacement cost is $75 w/ $5 processing added

**At least 14 days for items that have other holds on them.  See Automatic Renewals for more information on how long a book can he checked out.

You may also be charged repair or replacement costs if you lose or damage library materials.


When all available copies of a title are checked out, a hold can be placed on that particular item.  Holds can be placed online, in person, or by phone with a vail library card.  You will be contacted by email, text message, or phone when your hold is available.  Holds are kept for 7 days and then released if not picked up.