Please donate to our book fund.
Share your family pictures of Aquinnah and Wampanoag Aquinnah Tribal members with the tribe, we will scan photos and documents for posterity, they help make the tribe’s historical record.
We are funded by a Basic grant ($5000) for tribal libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the Department of Education. Previously the Wampanoag community was served by the town public library. The Aquinnah Tribal Library currently is beginning to meet those needs of the Wampanoag once again. There are many funding opportunities which invite us to compete from a wide range of benefactors. We are also seeking charitable donations from tribal members, developers, businesses, real estate offices and friends.
A qualified librarian and professional staff helps us meet standards, keeps us competitive, and offers the best service. Future cooperation with the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Wampanoag Community Center, and many other institutions including the Peabody Essex Museum, Plimoth Plantation, and the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, soon WGBH. We participate in the South Eastern Massachusetts Library System which offers a full range of vital library services, interlibrary loan, delivery, online databases, resource sharing, reciprocal library privileges, continuing education, grant opportunities, consultants.
A valuable source of information about Native American tribes is available for use in our reference library through the generous gift of the Jenning's Collection. Francis Jennings is author of The Invasion of America and many other ethnographic works which changed the interpretation of American Indian history.
In addition the library contains many books, off prints, photos, and documentary material about the history, culture, and folklore of the Wampanoags and is being expanded upon regularly by tribal members and neighbors and interested patrons.
Also included in the library are children's books on Wampanoag traditions, literature, arts and crafts. Rounding out the library materials are newsletters, catalogs, magazines and articles.
The tribal library reflects the Wampanoag and Native American perspective of history, culture, and lifestyle. The Library provides educational information and resources for its users. The primary use of this library is intended for the members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) as well as other tribal organizations. Scholars seeking information about the Wampanoag and other native cultures are also welcomed.
The Library provides:
A wide range of interesting and educational reading material. Come learn about the Wampanoag community and history.
Access to the Internet. If you have a medical, educational, or legal concern, we have the resources to help you out. Even if you've never really browsed the Net, we'll show you how you can
Homework Time. During the school year, students can come and do their homework or study a particular subject. Sometimes it helps to have a group around to provide support and guidance.
A cozy atmosphere. Do you need peace and quiet to nurture your creative thoughts? Would you like a place to read a great book in a relaxed atmosphere? Well, this is the place. The Library provides a friendly, comfortable, and resourceful environment for folks to come and enjoy their free time.
Speakers. Not the kind that connect to your stereo. These speakers provide a different service for your listening enjoyment. During the year, we like to have educational speakers visit the library and talk about issues that concern or interest members of our community.
The library will be open during office hours, 9am to 5pm. For any further questions or comments, please contact our librarian at (508) 645-9265 x203. We have brochures with useful web links for library information and research, and others for native publications. Further, our membership in the Southeast Massachusetts Library System provides great reference resources. We may be able to help you with some technology equipment. Call the tribal library.