While our library buildings remain closed to the public for the time being, the library is still open for digital services 24/7 and staff are available to answer your phone calls, email and text during business hours. To contact the main library, call 508-457-2555, e-mail info@falmouthpubliclibrary.org or text 66746 and begin your question with “askfpl.” We are ready to help Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. To contact the East Falmouth Library, call 508-548-6340, Monday and Tuesday, 9 AM to 5 PM; Wednesday, 9 AM to 1 PM, and Thursday, 1 to 5:30 PM. North Falmouth Library patrons, please contact the main library. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent helpful updates as well as newsy notes and fun facts for your enjoyment.

As a reminder, please keep any library materials you have until further notice. Due dates are extended and fines are waived.

If you have zipped through your supply of print books and want to dip your toe into the world of online books and magazines, give Overdrive/Libby a try! You can enjoy ebooks (books that you read online), audiobooks (books that you listen to online) and eMagazines (magazines that you read online) through this online resource the library offers. Overdrive is the source of the books and Libby is the name of its newest app that can be downloaded to digital devices.

To use Overdrive or Libby, you will need a (1) computer, tablet or cell phone, (2) Internet connection, (3) a CLAMS library card number and (4) a library card PIN (If you need to set or reset your PIN, go to our website, falmouthpubliclibrary.org and click on “my account”). Those using a table or phone, go to your app store and download the free app called Libby by Overdrive and follow the directions for setting up your card, choose CLAMS as your library. Those using a computer do not need the app, go directly to clamsnet.overdrive.com.

Once you are in the Overdrive catalog, you can either search for an author or title you want, or browse and see what’s there. Be sure to notice whether the title is an audiobook an ebook. Not all titles come in both formats. Also notice the banner at the top of the book jacket which will say either “place a hold” or “available.” Contrary to popular conception, ebooks and audiobooks are not typically available to all readers all the time. Libraries buy numbers of copies, like we do with print books, so you might have to wait for a copy to become available if all copies are checked out.

Kindle users, Overdrive did not leave you out! In addition to needing a library card and PIN, you will also need to know how to log in to your Amazon account. Start on a computer (unless you have a Kindle Fire) and go to Overdrive.clamsnet.org. To browse, click on “kindle books” near the top left corner of the page. If you want to search for something in particular, do your search and then click on the book jacket to go further into the record. Once inside the record the upper right corner will display a list of formats that title comes in – make sure Kindle is on the list. If so, check it out and choose the Kindle option. You will be brought to your Amazon account and need to log in. Don’t worry, click on “Get library book,” that ensures, you are borrowing the book from the library, not buying it.

Kindle Fire users need to download the “Overdrive Media Console” app from the Amazon app store and choose CLAMS as your library. Then follow the above directions.

For all Overdrive users, if you have trouble, click on “Help” in the Overdrive website. Their instructions and trouble-shooting tips are actually quite user friendly. The have great step by step instructions in their “Getting Started” section where they cover many different devices you might be using. If you are still stuck, give us a call and we will ty to help you as best we can.

Please know that we are here to help you with your recreational, informational and lifelong learning needs. Give us a call, email or text. Like us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have a suggestion about how we can serve you better during this time, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you in the library again and stay safe.

Questions Asked at the Reference Desk

Q. I check your Value Line in print in the library for updated stock prices. How can I get that information now that your buildings are closed?

A. The Falmouth Public Library has Value Line in print and Boston Public Library has in online, which you can view for free with a Boston Public Library eCard. If you are a Massachusetts resident, go to www.bpl.org/card/ to sign up for a free electronic library card and PIN. You can use it immediately to access most of their online offerings. (They also have a large Overdrive collection you can check out.) To get to Value Line, go to bpl.org and click on “Books & More,” then under the Learning and Research column, click on “Online Resources”. Use the shortcut, and click on “V” Then click on the words “Value Line.”

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