Online Magazines


Zinio – A Digital Magazine Collection Now Available to Brewster Patrons
The Brewster Ladies’ Library now offers electronic magazines with Zinio, an e-magazine platform that allows all Brewster patrons to browse from the Library’s collection of popular titles without worrying about holds, checkout periods, or renewals. Once a magazine is “checked out”, the patron has permanent possession of the e-magazine as long as they wish, including all available back issues since the Library’s acquisition of Zinio in January 2016.

The thirty-five e-magazines that Brewster currently subscribes to through Zinio include some of our library’s most highly requested magazines, such as Vanity Fair, Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Vegetarian Times, and Cook’s Illustrated. Our Zinio subscription also includes several magazines that are new to the Library, from Newsweek and Marie Claire to Food Network Magazine and Family Circle.

To start, click on the Zinio button. Then create your account and you are ready to have your online magazine collection.

Library Design Plans – A Look to the Future

The Brewster Ladies’ Library Board, Staff and the Library Building Committee have been writing a Library Building Program for the next 20 years.

The work started in 2013, when the Library Board formed a Feasibility Committee to study the interior design and operations of the library. Since then,  there have been surveys and focus groups to obtain community feedback. Design funding grants were received from the State, the Town and the Eddy Foundation to hire a Project Manager and an Architect to take the program from ideas to schematics.

The Library Building Committee presented the preliminary design schematics to the Board of Selectmen on August 1, 2016.  At the November 14, 2016 Town Meeting, permission to apply for a State Construction Grant in January 2017 was granted. Voters also approved the preliminary design schemes.

The grant will be filed January 27, 2017 and the State will announce awards by July 2017.
Why renovate?
Watch this presentation.
The design schematics can be seen here.
At the November 14, 2016 Town Meeting the community approved the Library’s request to apply for the grant.
The community also approved the preliminary design schemes.

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Read current and past issues of our e-newsletters here.


Missed a Concert or Book Talk?

Missed a concert or book talk? Most of our programs are recorded and you may watch them at your convenience.

Brewster Government Channel 18 – Brewster Ladies’ Library Videos

Commonwealth eBook Collections

The Commonwealth eBook Collections program was created to better serve, educate, and inform the patrons of Massachusetts Libraries.  Use this catalog to search for eBooks and more from our partners, BiblioLabs, EBL, and Baker & Taylor. Search for a book, check it out and download these materials to your device, and you’re off and running!  TheCommonwealth eBook Collections program is brought to you by the Massachusetts Library System in partnership with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and your local library, funded, in part, by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Access all of the great content in one place: the Commonwealth eBook Collections Catalog.  This catalog does the work of sorting through all three collections to find you the best content possible.

New Program – Local Poem of the Month

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The Brewster Ladies’ Library is now accepting submissions for its “Local Poem of the Month” display.
Each month, the library will feature a single poem by a Cape or Islands writer.


Poets do not have to be a Brewster resident or a Brewster Ladies’ Library patron in order to submit work.
As of December 1, 2015, the library will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis.


Guidelines for the program may be found here.


Welcome to Our Website

Photo by Judith Gardner


Welcome to the Brewster Ladies’ Library’s website. We hope you will be able to navigate it with ease. Our thanks to the staff and volunteers who contributed to this project. Special thanks to Judith Gardner for so many of the local photographs.  Read more >>

Nickerson 2016 Lectures Now Available for Viewing

As part of the 2016 Frances M. Nickerson Lecture Series, Thomas Farragher, a Boston Globe columnist and associate editor, spoke about journalism and the eight years he spent as the editor of the Spotlight Team in Boston. His presentation was recorded and can now be viewed here.


Michael Coyne, Professor of Educational Psychology in the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut and a Researcher for the Center for Behavioral Education and Research spoke about the teaching of reading. Dr. Coyne has expertise in beginning reading and early vocabulary. His pilot reading initiative is showing dramatic positive results for children in grades K-3.

His presentation can now be viewed here.


Byron Pitts,  Emmy-award winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, spoke about the importance of literacy. Author of Step Out on Nothing, Pitts chronicled his story of overcoming illiteracy and a debilitating stutter, turning struggles into strength.

His presentation is available here.