Acting on advice from public health officials and the need to protect our community, the Athenæum is closed until further notice.
All scheduled spring programs have been suspended. We will reopen the library as soon as it is safe to do so. While the library is physically closed, we continue to serve our members and community! Make sure to sign up for our weekly enews for a list of recommendations and updates, and check out member benefits below.
Thank you so much for your understanding. Now, more than ever, we are so grateful to have you as part of our community.
Starting Tuesday, May 12th, members can request library materials and pick them up curbside. More information here.
NB: During the library’s close, all fines are waived and due dates are extended until we reopen. You are welcome to return items in the College Street bookdrop or when picking up curbside materials, but you will not be fined if you’d rather keep them at home.
Hoopla is basically Netflix for libraries, but with more stuff! They’ve got ebooks, TV shows, music, movies, and a fantastic collection of audiobooks – all of which can be streamed to your phone, computer, or smartTV. We’ve doubled the check-out limit during this time to 12 items per month, so make sure to explore the service! Members, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need your Ath library ID number to set up your account.
More instructions on how to set up your account here.
The library is offering an array of virtual programs! Our popular Friday night cocktail parties invite members and friends to pour a drink, see some friendly faces, and chat about each week’s prompts.
EX LIBRIS is a series of virtual programs featuring an array of humanities scholars, authors, historians, and thought leaders. These short conversations illuminate fascinating topics and inspire the intellectually curious. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker after the presentation. You will need access to a computer or other internet-connected device to join the program on Zoom.
Check out our online program calendar here.
Although our upcoming events are temporarily suspended, you can still enjoy Athenæum programs at home. Visit our Soundcloud page for recordings of past salons. They’re perfect to listen to as you take a walk in spring sunshine. Need a recommendation? Try one of these popular recordings!