Charlemont library now part of C/W MARS resource sharing

  • Charlemont town sign. PAUL FRANZ

Recorder Staff
Thursday, November 16, 2017

CHARLEMONT — Although still a small library by modern standards, the Tyler Memorial Library and its patrons can now access thousands more books, movies, music CDs, e-books, magazines and other media as a C/W MARS member library.

The acronym stands for “Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing,” and it means that Tyler Memorial Library patrons can order materials from at least 100 other C/W MARS member libraries.

“It was a lot of work — especially for the volunteers, even in this tiny library,” said library director Andrea Bernard. She said the volunteers, including high school students, spent months cataloging the library’s 5,000 items that can now be shared with other C/W MARS libraries.

Besides the ongoing support of library users and the Tyler Memorial Library board of trustees, the towns of Charlemont and Hawley also supported the increased costs for new equipment.

Besides providing patrons with more access to books and media, the C/W MARS membership means that the Tyler will receive more book deliveries each week. Also, the increased resource sharing and circulation of materials may result in a small state funding increase.

This new membership means that patrons should ask for new, plastic library cards with a barcode and the library’s logo. These cards may be used at other C/W MARS member libraries or used to order materials online.