• Babies & Toddlers Rock goes on vacation for the summer!

    See Linda MacFarlane in September when her interactive music and pre-literacy program for ages 0-3 years returns.

  • 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 […]

  • Story Hour Thursdays 10AM

    Story hours promote early literacy and socialization skills in a fun setting.  Each session offers stories, songs, movement, and a fun craft. No registration required. Suggested for ages 2 – 5.

Get a Library Card

Library cards are free to residents of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira, and Tinmouth. Photo ID is required at the time of registration. Your card will be mailed to you to verify your residence within one of our tax-paying areas, unless proof of your current residence is provided to us. If you do not live in one of the tax supporting towns, there is a fee which is the same as the average per capita amount paid in the five towns. For 2012/2013, the fee is $37.00. Teacher’s Station cards are available for any teacher in the library service area.

Each patron must have their own card which is good for one year. Children 15 or younger must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature and be able to sign their name to have a library card.

If your library card is lost contact the library immediately. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card.

Books should be returned on or before the date due. Patrons may return items to the bookdrop. All items left in the bookdrop will be checked in on the next date the library is open.

Full Privileges Limited Privileges Cost
Residents and 

Non-resident taxpayers


o Permission to borrow itemso Access to all public Internet stations for maximum designated times o Free card with photo ID
Teachers & School Administrators o Borrowed items must relate directly to curriculum or administrative dutieso Agency must provide signed agreement to pay for lost or damaged items o Free to staff working directly with students or teachers in a school within one of the supporting tax districts
Nonprofit Agencies o Borrowed items must relate directly to agency missiono Agency must provide signed agreement to pay for lost or damaged items o Free to staff working directly with residents of taxpaying districts
Non-residents paying for a card o Same as residents and taxpayers o Current per capita cost of the highest taxpaying community with photo ID 
Non-residents not paying for a card o Interlibrary loan materials must be used in the library o Access to fewer Internets stations and for a shorter time o Free computer use card issued with identification
Residents with no address o Interlibrary loan materials must be used in the library o Access to fewer Internets stations and for a shorter time o Free computer use card issued with identification

Reserves & Interlibrary Loan

Materials checked out to other patrons may be placed on reserve using the online catalog or by speaking to a staff member. Books not owned by the Rutland Free Library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to all library users and can be used to borrow books, magazine and journal articles, and to obtain photocopies from other libraries. We can not use Interlibrary Loan to borrow DVDs, videotapes, music CDs, or reference books. When you are notified that your ILL material has arrived, you have three days to pick it up. There is a $3.00 fine if you do not pick up your materials in this timeframe without contacting us. Interlibrary Loan material is available for checkout periods of three weeks and can not be renewed. Overdue fines are fifty cents per day, per item.

Overdue Notices & Fees

As a courtesy to patrons, one overdue notice is sent 1 week after item is due.

Fees for Overdue Materials

  • 25 cents a day ($5.00 maximum) for adult materials
  • 15 cents a day ($2.50 maximum) for juvenile materials
  • 75 cents a day ($2.50 maximum) for book bags
  • $1 a day ($10 maximum) for videos
  • 50 cents a day ($5.00 maximum) for interlibrary loan materials
  • 50 cents a day ($5.00 for interlibrary loan materials) for failure to pick up an item on hold within three days

Other Charges: Lost or Damaged Fees

  • Lost card: $1
  • Damaged item, if repairable: Up to, but not greater than, the cost of item.
  • Lost or non-repairable item: $3 replacement fee PLUS either the actual price of item, if available, or…
    1. Adult fiction: $25
    2. Adult non-fiction : $30
    3. Adult Paperbacks: $7
    4. Juvenile books: $16
    5. Juvenile Paperbacks $5
    6. Book Bags (complete set) $125

Any overdue fines will be charged for all lost or non-repairable items.