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CWMARS Information

posted Sep 4, 2012, 5:58 AM by Barre Library

The Woods Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it is joining the CWMARS network as a mini-net member. Barre residents will experience increased library services with this move. The library is able to join the network because of grant funding acquired by CWMARS through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

CWMARS or the Central and Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing network is a conglomerate of libraries that are inter-connected. Any library, a full member or mini-net member (a library whose town’s population is under 10,000), may serve Barre residents with a variety of services. 

Any patron who has previously held a card at the Woods Memorial Library will need to complete an application form for a new library card. Patrons who already have a library card from another CWMARS library may use that card in Barre. One card will be used at most libraries in the central and western regions of the state.

As part of increased services patrons will be able to: access personal accounts online 24-7, renew and order books online, receive email notifications when a reserved book arrives or if a book is overdue. If you use multiple libraries, all of these accounts will be linked. Patrons will also be able to access e-content for devices like mp3 players, Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers. Staff will also be able to teach residents how to utilize these functions.