The Nantucket Atheneum, a private non-profit organization provides public library services to the island’s year-round and seasonal residents, housed in a historic 1847 building and the Weezie Library for Children. The Atheneum collects, organizes and disseminates books, literature and other materials in a variety of formats to help users of all ages meet their recreational, personal and professional and intellectual needs. In keeping with its heritage, the Atheneum also serves as a cultural center for the Nantucket community by sponsoring educational programming and maintaining special collections.
Financial support of the Nantucket Atheneum is a responsibility shared by the town and the community. Every year, the Atheneum must raise over 60 percent of its operating budget from individual and foundation support, while the remaining portion of the budget is provided by the town of Nantucket and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Proceeds from the two primary fundraisers each year – the Cold Turkey Plunge and the Dance Festival – ensures that the Atheneum continues to play a vital role in the community, offering high-caliber library services and free cultural programming for all island residents.