Frequently Asked Questions


1. How is the Library Funded?
The Osterville Village Library is a private, 501(c)(3) corporation that receives partial funding from the Town of Barnstable.This partial funding amounts to less than 35% of our operating budget. We can’t operate without it, but that still leaves us $700,000 to raise every year. We raise a portion of that amount with our car raffle, golf tournament and other events, but still depend primarily on our annual appeal to provide the majority of our funding.

2. Do you have a Fax Machine/Shredder/Copy Machine?
Yes! Located in our Small Business Center we have a fax/copy/scanner machine, and a shredder. On our lower level we have a copy machine. Ask one of our librarians to show you where they are located.

3. Where do I go for assistance with technology?
One of our reference librarians would be more than happy to assist you. You may either drop in for a short session, or make an appointment for a longer, more involved problem.

4. How do I find out what is happening at the Library?
Here's our events page for upcoming events. Don't forget to add your email to receive our constant contact!

5. I would like to hold an event/meeting at the library.
Great! Please see our Meeting Space Descriptions page and fill out an application and email to the director, Cyndy Cotton at

6. Is the Library ADA accessible?
Yes, we have an elevator that goes to all three floors, and a ramp leading into the back entrance way. Both entrances are equipped with automatic door openers.

7. I have a visual impairment, what services do you have for me?

We have a large collection of large print fiction and non-fiction books, books on CD, and eAudiobooks via the Libby/Overdrive apps. Patrons are also welcome to use our print magnification device in the fireside reading room. Additionally, we can connect you with services supplied by the Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library.

8. Are you a CLAMS library?

Yes! Every library on the Cape & Islands is part of CLAMS with the exception of Sandwich, Chase Library (West Harwich), Harwich Port Library Associates, and South Chatham.


9. How do I get a library card?

You can find more information on getting a CLAMS card here: or simply stop by the Osterville Village Library circulation desk.

10. Do you have notary services?

Yes! Our Business Operations Manager, Maryann Colombo, is a notary public. We ask for a $3 donation to the library for notary services. Please call the library to confirm availability before visiting.