• Playgroup Friday, 9:30 AM

    Join us & Rutland County Parent Child Center for active, educational play, Friday mornings at 9:30. In the Fox Room, free and open for all.

  • Tales to Tails, Weds., Oct. 22nd, 4 PM

    Kids can meet and read to trained therapy dogs … who are just the best listeners for beginning readers.

  • Tech Tuesday / Thursday, 2-4 PM

    Drop by to get help with your tablet, laptop or other device. Scott is here twice a week to offer hands-on help with your technology questions.

  • Play group at new time, 9:30 AM Fridays

    The library is pleased to be partners with Rutland County Parent Child Center. Together we will host play groups Friday mornings in the Fox Room from 9:30-11 AM. Always free and open to all.

  • 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.

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.