Library Networks

For many Massachusetts libraries, nine networks provide the library catalog, the ability to borrow from neighboring libraries, circulation, patron registration, public Internet access and other critical services.

Network Homepages and Catalogs

The CLAMS network covers most of the public libraries on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket as well as Cape Cod Community College.
The Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing (C/W MARS) covers most of central and western Massachusetts.
Fenway Library Organization (FLO) is consortium of libraries mostly located in Boston and Cambridge, MA. FLO provides support for Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM), a small association of academic libraries who are also affiliate members of FLO. In addition, FLO hosts and provides support for the Commonwealth Catalog.
MassCat is an online resource sharing network for school, medical, special, and small public libraries in Massachusetts. MassCat is a service of the Massachusetts Library System.
The Metro Boston Library Network (MBLN) includes the Boston Public Library system, Malden, Chelsea, and an array of schools, special and academic libraries in the greater Boston area.
The Minuteman Library Network  (MLN) serves public and academic libraries in the Metrowest area outside of Boston.
The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) serves 36 independent public libraries in the greater Merrimack Valley region of northeastern Massachusetts.
The North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) serves 29 primarily public and academic libraries to the north of Boston.
The Old Colony Library Network (OCLN) serves 26 public libraries and three academics along the south shore of Boston and down toward the Cape.
SAILS serves 64 libraries in southeastern Massachusetts, down to Buzzard's Bay and the Rhode Island border.

Network Members

Click on the number for a list of library members by library type.

Network Public Academic School Special Total
Total: 345 45 60 19 469
CLAMS 34 1 0 0 35
C/W MARS 141 6 0 1 148
FLO 0 8 0 1 9
HELM 0 9 0 0 9
MBLN 3 1 9 0 13
MassCat 13 3 27 16 59
Minuteman 37 5 0 0 42
MVLC 36 0 0 0 36
NOBLE 17 7 1 1 26
OCLN 26 3 0 0 29
SAILS 38 2 23 0 63

For More Information

Paul Kissman, Library Information Systems Specialist
617-725-1860 x238
(in Massachusetts) 800-952-7403 x238
paul.kissman@state.ma.us