• 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, […]

  • Tax forms available …

    Most federal tax forms and booklets have arrived. The state is not sending out stacks of tax forms to libraries, town halls and post offices this year. But that doesn’t stop us from sending out stacks of information about how to get your hands on the forms. See the page at http://rutlandfree.org/tax-forms/

  • 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.

  • Tech help available

    Have a particular technology question? Need help with a new device or want to learn how to access library services through your tablet or computer? Call ahead or just drop in for help, Mondays and Fridays noon to 2 PM.

  • 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!

Local History and Genealogy

Local History:

NEW! Historical High School Yearbooks

The Rutland Historical Society and the library have partnered to make the Rutland High School Yearbooks from 1930-2012 available, along with Mount St. Joseph from 1930-1993. College of St. Joseph also has yearbooks online.

Rutland Herald & Burlington Free Press Index

Indexes to the Rutland Herald [1984-current] and the Burlington Free Press [1985-current]. See our Rutland Herald page for information in all the ways to access issues of the Rutland Herald.

Digital Sanborn Maps

Insurance maps from 1867-1970 for cities in Vermont. Contains information such as the outline of each building, the size, shape and construction materials, heights, and function of structures, location of windows and doors. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property

NEW! Chronicling America: Vermont Historical Newspapers  VT Online Library library card required for home access only

Nearly 130,000 historical Vermont newspaper pages can be searched or browsed on the website. One can search all of Vermont’s titles or individual titles using a simple keyword search. Chronicling America now boasts titles from all over the state, including Bennington, St. Johnsbury, Middlebury, Brattleboro, Burlington, St. Albans, Newport, Rutland, Woodstock, and Montpelier.

Genealogy:

Heritage Quest Online library card required

A Genealogical research database that offers a collection of family and local history books as well as the complete census from 1790 – 1930.

Ancestry.com Library Edition

Only available inside the library.  Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online resource for family history with more than 11 billion historical records. Sources include censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Free Online Resources

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites Over 260,000 Web sites for the genealogist. Sites are categorized and cross-referenced by many categories. Particularly good for access to library catalogs around the world.

Family History Library Catalog Run by the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this site has over 2 million rolls of microfilmed original records and hundreds of thousands of books and maps. This is an online catalog for the largest genealogy library in the world. Materials that are available on microfiche and microfilm may be requested at minimal cost at local LDS family history centers.

GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland) provides a virtual reference library of genealogical information of particular relevance to the UK and Ireland.

RootsWeb the Internet’s oldest and largest FREE genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource. Owned by Ancestry.com. Provides searchable databases, mailing lists, message boards, family trees, and more.

USGenWeb project A volunteer project to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. Includes access to the USGW Digital Library transcription project and a variety of other special projects and sites.

Rutland Free Library Assistance:

We are here to answer your basic genealogical or Rutland local history questions. We have the Rutland Herald available on Microfilm from 1791-2008.  Our Vermont Room has town directories, books on the history of Rutland and surrounding communities, genealogy resources and handbooks, and other material of local interest as well as books about Vermont and New England families and more. We also have a computer dedicated for local history and genealogy research available for anyone who comes into the library.

For obituary requests and other basic local history requests fill out our Research Request Form or give us a call at (802) 773-1860. It takes between two weeks and a month for us to fulfill most requests. For Rutland City birth records, please contact the Rutland City Clerk. For other towns please see Information for Rutland Area Town Clerks