• Take a pass

    Again this year, the library is happy to offer passes for a variety of attractions as well as the state parks. State park passes are day passes that allow entrance for up to eight people in one vehicle. Other passes we have available include Billings Farm & Museum, ECHO, Hildene, Vermont Historic Sites, Shelburne Farms, […]

  • MSJ Yearbooks now online

    From our friends at Rutland Historical Society: MSJ yearbooks (1939-1993 except 1943 which was not published) is online at the Historical Society website.

  • New source for e-books

    OneClick!digital has now added a selection of classic books to its offerings. There are no checkout limits, holds or waits … perfect for class reading lists.

  • OneClick has your audiobook

    Check out an audiobook from OneClick Digital with your library card … no limits or wait times. iPhone app now available, and find a wide assortment of audio classes as well.

  • Try TumbleBooks ebooks for Kids!

    Click on the Kids Space tab to access TumbleBooks! Find animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration.)

  • Reader’s Corner

    Reader’s Corner (which you can find in the left-hand menu, and the top menu) features all the resources you need about books in our library. There are links to InterLibrary Loan and a request form for new books and dvds. Check it out today!

  • Twilight Read Alikes

    Don’t be embarrassed if you loved Twilight, you are in good company. Adult or teen if you liked the fast paced, addictive nature of the Twlight series by Stephanie Meyers you will love these books. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Grace is obsessed with the wolves that roam the woods behind her house. She is drawn […]

  • Events List

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History

Our History
The Rutland Free Library was started in 1886. Originally housed in various storefronts and at the old Memorial Hall on West Street, the library has been located in the old courthouse and jail on Center Street since the 1930s.

In 1965 an addition was built to expand the capacity. In 1990 a second addition was completed, making a total of 24,167 square feet available including meeting rooms, book stacks, reading rooms, administrative offices, and storage.

Rutland’s History
Rutland County historically was a transportation, commercial, and manufacturing center. After World War II, the marble industry declined, followed by a decline in the machine industries and the demolition of the railroad complex in 1964. Today, the biggest employers are General Electric, Rutland Regional Medical Center and Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, an electrical utility. The retail commercial sector and the service industry supporting the tourist trade are also significant parts of the economy. Rutland City has a full range of community facilities and each of the towns in Rutland County also provides some services and facilities. Briefly, Rutland City is home to a major medical center, ambulance and paramedic service, full-time police and fire personnel, Stafford Technical Center, Community College of Vermont, College of St. Joseph, and elementary and secondary private Catholic schools. Cultural and recreational opportunities are provided by Rutland City Recreation Department, the senior citizens center, the Chaffee Art Center and other art galleries, and various clubs and organizations. There are four high schools in addition to Rutland High in the county and a total of eight institutions of higher learning in the region.

If you’re interested in learning more about Rutland or doing research about the area using the Rutland Herald newspaper, see our Rutland Herald page for information in all the ways to access issues of the Rutland Herald.

Community Analysis:
A community analysis created October 2, 2003 by Jessamyn West, Outreach Librarian for the Rutland Free Library.
The document includes the history, geography & description of the area, community resources, economic life, community needs and much more.

Download the Community Analysis PDF