Explore the Library

In addition to books, the Athenaeum offers technology, games, tools, musical instruments, and more to check out. If you can’t make it to the Library, we also have electronic materials, databases, and even a movie streaming service that you can access from home.

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Library of Things

Our collection of nontraditional library materials allows you to borrow items that you may only use once. With a green screen, ukuleles, tools, and more, these items will make your home improvement project, birthday party, or other event run smoothly.

Foundation Center

The most comprehensive database application for U.S. and international philanthropy around the world.


Local History & Genealogy

Explore your ancestry, investigate your home's history, learn about Pittsfield's Herman Melville, and more.



OverDrive is a free service offered to you by the Athenaeum and CWMARS that lets you borrow digital content like eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for readers of all ages. All you need to get started is a library card! Pittsfield patrons now have access to even more titles through a partnership between CWMARS and other library networks.



Library card holders can access Kanopy—the popular on-demand film streaming service—and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.



The Berkshire Athenaeum is part of the largest library network in Massachusetts, Central Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing, Inc. (CWMARS). CWMARS is dedicated to resource sharing and access to information. The network includes public and academic libraries from 495 to the New York State line with more than 8.5 million physical items and ebooks available to borrow by Massachusetts residents.

For our full collection of online resources, visit Online Databases.