Frequently Asked Questions

Regular hours are Monday 10-6, Tuesday through Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-1.

Summer hours, July 1stthrough Labor Day, are 9-1 Monday through Saturday and 4-7on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The library is closed Sundays.

CLOSINGS
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
President’s Day
Patriot’s Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran’s Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

In addition, special closings are observed as follows
• 2pm closing on the Friday of the Belchertown Fair
• Closed Saturday of Fair weekend.
• 12 pm closing Christmas Eve

A library card in good standing from any C/WMARS (Central/Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing) member library may be used here. To get a new card, please bring a picture ID showing your current address. The card is free. While there is no minimum age for a library card, a Parental Permission form must be completed for children under 18. There is a $1.00 charge to replace a lost card.
You are allowed a maximum of 50 items checked out on your card at any given time. Otherwise, we do not limit the number of items that can be borrowed.
The loan period for books and music CDs is three weeks. DVDs and magazines are one week. Most items can be renewed one time.
The dropbox at the front entrance of the Library is open during our closed hours. Most materials can be returned in the dropbox. Click here to see the exceptions (link to the “Bookdrop” explanation).
Yes. You can browse and request books and other library materials through the C/WMARS online catalog and request delivery to our library for pickup.Requests can also be made at the circulation desk.
Yes. You may return materials from any library in the CW/Mars Library System to our library, or to any CW/Mars Library of your choice.
Yes to both. The Library has high-speed internet access computers available to Library cardholders. WiFi is available inside and outside the Library building.
No. The Clapp Memorial Library was built as a library and cultural center in 1887. The stained glass windows are original to the building.
Belchertown native John Francis Clapp set off for New York at age 16. Later in life, when he had achieved wealth and success, it is said he regretted never having enough to read as a boy. Hoping to spare other Belchertown children this fate, he left a bequest of $40,000, with the provision that it be used for the construction of a library and for the purchase of its contents. Read more about the library history here.
The building is owned by the Trustees of the Library. While it is the public library for Belchertown, the building is not town-owned or a town-maintained property. Repairs and maintenance are funded through state aid, donations, grants, and the Friends of the Library.
The Friends of Clapp Memorial Library stage two book sales annually. Donations of books, CDs and DVDs for these sales are accepted year-round during regular Library hours.
Visit the Library and learn about our services. Join the Friends of Clapp Memorial Library. Attend a program. Sign up for our email list. Make a donation of time or money.
Donations can be made to the Clapp Memorial Library at any time. Checks can be mailed or dropped off at the circulation desk. Online contributions can be made by visiting our Razoo donation page. In addition, the Library participates in the annual “Valley Gives” online fundraiser.