The seven libraries in the town of Barnstable are independent, private non-profits that each reflect the unique character of their respective village.  With an endless supply of books and information, they also offer a host of independent programs, readings, classes, discussion groups, meeting spaces, story hours and language classes.

Centerville Public Library

In the village once known as Chequaquet they've enlisted the youth of the village known as the "Shell-vers" to engage in library activities.


Cotuit Library

Cotuit Library

Historic public library founded in 1874 specializes in delivery to the homebound.


Hyannis Public Library

Hyannis Public Library

Home to the Verizon Language and Literacy Center


Marstons Mills Public Library

Includes the Nancy Reardon Theater Arts Collection


Osterville Village Library

Pick up passes to area and regional museums at this recently renovated library


Sturgis Library

Sturgis Library

The oldest library building in the country with a vast amount of Cape Cod Geneological resources dating from the early 1600's, Cape maritime history and more.

Sturgis Library is raffling off an amazing selection of hand-painted birdhouses, beautifully painted by Library Trustee Liz Ferretti to look like buildings in Barnstable Village.  You can take a chance to won a reproduction of Sturgis Library, St. Mary's Church, Barnstable Yacht Club, Coast Guard Heritage Museum, and/or Sandy Neck house and Light.  The birdhouses are on display in the lobby display case until July 9 when they will be on display at the Barnstable Village Garden Tours, part of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival.  Tickets will be drawn after the Tours end on July 11.  Take a chance on one of these amazing creations -- tickets are only $5.00 each. 
For more information, call the Library at 508-362-6636 or email us at


Whelden Library (West Barnstable)

Features an extensive Cape Cod collection with an emphasis on the local Finnish population and a Barnstable Beekeepers section.


Upcoming events in Libraries

Lou Colombo Film 8/20

Lou Colombo Film   8/20

August 20, 2017 2:00 pm

Join us at Cotuit Library to watch a recording of Lou Colombo, the famous Cape Cod-based jazz trumpeter, and his band performing at Sturgis. Members of the original performers will be on hand to share their experiences of working with Lou and playing jazz on Cape Cod.

This program is free but please register at or contact the Library.


Location: Cotuit Library, 871 Main Street, Cotuit MA 02635

"Infusing Fiction with a Sense of Place" at Hyannis Public Library Aug 23, 2017

August 23, 2017 6:00 pm

Do you want to be a writer of fiction? Join us at the Hyannis Public Library on Wednesday, August 23 at 6 p. m. when novelist, playwright, writing instructor, and WOMR Culture Editor Jeannette de Beauvoir presents “Infusing Fiction with a Sense of Place.” This program is free and open to the public.
Many novelists begin their work with the idea for a story, or with a strong character or two that inspire them. Jeannette de Beauvoir takes a different approach: all of her stories are strongly rooted in a very specific place, complete with eccentricities, stories, and secrets. Using some of her own books as examples, she’ll illustrate how places can provide context, inspiration, and even plot for the writer who takes the time to explore them.


Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA.

Stargazing at Lowell Park 8/25

Stargazing at Lowell Park   8/25

August 25, 2017 8:00 pm

Join the folks from Cotuit Library as we turn our gazes skyward towards the stars!  This is the first of several stargazing events we’ll be holding for the summer months, and Cotuit Library has everything you need to participate!  We have the telescopes, just bring yourself and your minds full of wonderment! (although all telescopes will be welcome!).

The rain date for this event is Monday, August 28th @ 8:00 pm.

This program is free but please register at or contact the Library.


Location: Lowell Park, 10 Lowell Ave, Cotuit, MA 02635

The Hyannis Library American History Book Discussion Sept 12th, 2017

The Hyannis Library American History Book Discussion  Sept 12th, 2017

September 12, 2017 4:00 pm

All are welcome to join The Hyannis Library American History Book Discussion Group for another exceptional meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4 p. m. The book selection for this gathering is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.


Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St., Hyannis, MA.