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Help us celebrate National Poetry Month by testing your skill at creating your own haiku for the Provincetown Public Library’s first annual Outer Cape Haiku Contest!

To participate, submit your haiku (a short poem arranged in three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively) to or drop off at the Library’s Center Street pick-up bin by Monday, April 19th.

Submissions must be from Outer Cape community members.  Poems will be evaluated without the author’s name attached by a panel of three local judges. Winners will be announced and “published” on the Library’s website and social media accounts during the week of April 26. Prizes will be given for winners in each age group.

Have some fun and start writing!

A Message from the Library:

Although the building is closed to the public, the Library staff is here offering street-side pick up of library material, printing, personal browsing, help with electronic resources, and more!
To utilize any of these services email OR call 487-7094 during regular library hours.

Mondays & Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1 pm – 5 pm

For street-side pick up, request item(s) from the Library or any CLAMS library by placing a hold through OR email OR call 487-7094 during regular library hours. If you’re not sure exactly what you want, we will be happy to do the browsing for you.We will pull the item(s) for you, check it out to you, and arrange a time for contactless street-side pick up at our Center Street entrance.

Visit our calendar for upcoming virtual events


Library Services Available Online

Overdrive: Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, & more! 

KanopyStream thousands of free movies, documentaries, foreign films, and more!

Newspapers Online: The Cape Cod Times, Provincetown Banner, and Boston Metro Collection!

If you need help with your library card or PIN, please call us during regular business hours at (508-487-7094) or email us at   

Mondays & Fridays:
10 am – 5 pm
Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1 pm – 5 pm

Don’t have a library card but want to use all of our great, free online resources?  Sign up for an eCard here.

Check out this curated list of fun things to do while you’re at home!  Click here!

The library building is currently closed to the public.

Staff is available to answer your questions during our regular hours by phone (508-487-7094) or by email (pplstreetside@gmailcom). Please call us – we are here to help!   

Mondays & Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 10 am – 8 pm

Saturdays & Sundays: 1 pm – 5 pm

Returns and newly arrived materials are quarantined for 72 hours.  No fines will accrue on any library materials at this time. 


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About the Provincetown Library: 

Located downtown on Commercial Street, the Library is both a literal and metaphorical center of the Provincetown community, housing nearly 40,000 items, more than 30 works of art from the Town’s Art Collection, and the Rose Dorothea Schooner model.

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Contribute to the Library Gift Fund using your credit card online! The Library Gift Fund is maintained by the Provincetown Board of Library Trustees, and is used to pay our building’s mortgage each year. Your contribution brings us one step closer to paying off the $300,000 still owed for our gorgeous building.
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