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Film Clip: History of Chilmark Library Click to View! History of the Chilmark Public Library with Barbara Stewart. This talk was part of the Chilmark Tri-Centennial celebration in 1994.

Film Clip: MVSL Click to Start!

Film Clip: MVSL Click to View! Chilmark History Film Clips: Martha's Vineyard Sign Language & the Deaf Community - Signs for fish. From a 1994 interview with Eric Cottle.
View our Chilmark Deaf Community Digital Archive
Chilmark Free Public Library
MAY 27, 2020




Check out Chilmark Library's latest streaming service: RBdigital

The RBdigital platform offers a broad array of entertainment and educational offerings all in one powerful app. 

Do you want to binge-watch popular British mysteries? Or perhaps learn how to train your dog? Catch what you missed from Sundance? Or watch Michael Buble in concert? Check out the new subscriptions you can access from RBdigital: AcornTV, Indieflix, GreatCourses, Stingray Qello live concerts and music documentaries.



How to Sign-Up:

  • Head to: and select the “Register” link in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. OR, download the RBdigital app and select “Register now” 

    • You will need your library card number to register.

  • Enter a user name without any spaces (i.e. user123). 

    • Passwords must be at least four characters long and can contain both numbers and letters. 

    • Passwords are case sensitive. Usernames are not. 

  • Each subscription will then ask you to set a password after you have checked out 

    • Pro-tip: use the same password across all subscriptions 

How to Access Content:

  • When you click on one of the provided subscriptions on the home page, you will see a “checkout” option. (For AcornTV and The Great Courses, you will need to select a specific show or course to checkout)

  • You will be asked to create a password for each subscription, but you can input the same password from your initial login to RBdigital. 

  • Each subscription will require you to download the individual app. (i.e. you will need to download the AcornTV if you checked out that subscription). You will need to log in to each subscription app separately with the password you created. 

  • You will have a seven-day pass to checkout TWO subscriptions at once. 

  • You will have unlimited access to those two subscriptions for the seven days. When your access expires, you can checkout the same subscription again, or try a different one. 

  • Your streaming is tied to your library account and your progress will remain saved in any of the subscriptions you have checked out, even when they expire.   

Email Chilmark Library staff for assistance at with “digital help” in the subject line. We are here to help!



March 26, 2020 update from Town of Chilmark

Town of Chilmark Emergency Stay-at-Home Order

Town officials have asked us to help get word out to residents about the emergency stay-at-home order curtailing travel and activities until April 7. The order may be extended if necessary.

Here is a summary of the order:

Here is the full order as enacted on March 24, 2020:

We're all in this together.

- Chilmark Library Staff


March 17, 2020

Dear Patrons,

In consideration of the guidance of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Library System and in consultation with town officials, the Chilmark Free Public Library is taking the following preventative actions to do our part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19:

The Library will be closed until at least April 7. While the building is closed to the public, librarians are still available primarily through email to help you access our digital collections. Our WiFi is operational and accessible from the parking lot and porch. You are welcome to use it.

Please explore our digital offerings. We have ebooks, eaudios, downloadable magazines, free movie streaming, foreign language courses and more. We will be adding to our digital collection and increasing the monthly limit of Kanopy video streams to 50 per patron.

If there is an ebook or eaudio you want but can’t get through your account, please let us know via email and we will try to purchase a copy. Stay tuned for more exciting digital content. We will soon be adding new video streaming content including AcornTV, IndieFlix, StingrayConcerts and GreatCourses.

If you need help accessing our digital items, please email us at with “digital help” in the subject and your name and phone number in the message.

This situation is rapidly evolving and we are making daily assessments as to the appropriate responses. We will keep you apprised through our website and Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we encourage you to do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well, please stay home and seek medical attention, as appropriate. Practice good hygiene and hand washing. These healthy habits really do make a difference when it comes to preventing the spread of illness.

Finally, please use trusted, reliable, authoritative sources as you seek out news and information about COVID-19, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Be well, stay safe,

Your Chilmark Library Team






We are a full-service library with an in-house collection of 34,000 items -- books, magazines, newspapers, movies and more. As a member of the CLAMS Library Consortium, our patrons have direct access to the collections of all 37 member libraries. We also offer access to more than 150,000 digital items - Ebooks, E-audios, digital magazines, online language learning, genealogy research and more. Our technology offerings include computers, wireless internet access, wifi hotspots, copies, fax, a scanner. We're here to serve you. Please let us know how we can help.


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Consumer Reports

Not sure what kind of washing machine to buy? Wondering if that new cell phone lives up to the hype? We offer free access to the Consumer Reports database, available from any computer or phone. Start your research now.

Click here 

to access the library's Consumer Reports subscription.


Mango Languages

This premier library language learning service offers interactive online lessons in 72 different languages. The Mango website is accessible to Chilmark Library card holders from any computer, tablet or phone using the free mobile app. Start learning today! Click here to begin your Mango Language journey.


Free access to the world's largest online genealogical database. Fill out your family tree; find access to birth, death and marriage records; census data, immigration records and more. Available in the library from our patron access computers.



Find your next great read. Free access to Novelist, the trusted source in read-alike recommendations. Start your reading list HERE.


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Chilmark Free Public Library
P.O. Box 180
Chilmark, MA 02535
Phone: 508-645-3360
Fax: 508-645-3737