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 Renewal

Most items can be renewed three times if no one is waiting for them. The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period.  Material may be renewed in person, by phone or online.

Note: Interlibrary Loans and Commonwealth Catalog items may not be renewed

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

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.