• 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.

Policies

On this page you will find library board policies stating some of the guiding philosphies of the library.

For Circulation policies, information about library cards and borrowing items, click here.
For policies concerning Reference services and material selection, click here.
If you are a teacher, click here.
For Meeting Room policies, click here.
For information on the Confidentiality of Library records, click here.

Unattended Children

Electronic resources

Library Bill of Rights

The Rutland Free Library Board of Trustees affirms the following American Library Association Council document with respect to library services. The Rutland Free Library Board of Trustees has the final responsibility for interpreting the Library Bill of Rights as it affects the Rutland Free Library and for determining library policy in accordance with it.

  1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.
  2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.
  3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.
  4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.
  5. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.
  6. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

Adopted 6/18/48, and amended 2/2/61,  6/27/67, 1/23/80 by the American Library Association. Reconfirmed 9/10/97 by the Rutland Free Library Board of Trustees.

Freedom To Read

The freedom to read is guaranteed by the Constitution. Those with faith in free people will stand firm on these constitutional guarantees of essential rights and will exercise the responsibilities that accompany these rights. We therefore affirm these propositions:

  1. It is in the public interest for publishers and librarians to make available the widest diversity of views and expressions, including those which are unorthodox or unpopular with the majority.
  2. Publishers, librarians and booksellers do not need to endorse every idea or presentation contained in the books they make available. It would conflict with the public interest for them to establish their own political, moral or aesthetic views as a standard for determining what books should be published or circulated.
  3. It is contrary to the public interest for publishers or librarians to determine the acceptability of a book on the basis of the personal history or political affiliations of the author.
  4. There is no place in our society for efforts to coerce the taste of others, to confine adults to the reading matter deemed suitable for adolescents, or to inhibit the efforts of writers to achieve artistic expression.
  5. It is not in the public interest to force a reader to accept with any book the prejudgment of a label characterizing the book or author as subversive or dangerous.
  6. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians, as guardians of the people’s freedom to read, to contest encroachments upon that freedom by individuals or groups seeking to impose their own standard or tastes upon the community at large.
  7. It is the responsibility of publishers and librarians to give full meaning to the freedom to read by providing books that enrich the quality-and diversity of thought and expression. By the exercise of this affirmative responsibility, they can demonstrate that the answer to a bad book is a good one, the answer to a bad idea is a good one.

Adopted 6/25/67, revised 1/28/72, 1/16/91, by the American Library Association Council and the Association of American Publishers. Adopted by Rutland Free Library Board 2/8/95.

Electronic Resources Policy

As a part of the Rutland Free Library’s mission to develop resources to meet the diverse cultural, governmental, educational and recreational needs of the communities we serve, electronic information resources are available to all patrons regardless of age, educational level, financial status, physical ability or library card ownership. Currently these resources include an automated catalog, CD-Roms, and access to the Internet. However, as unforeseen advances in information technology are incorporated into our daily operations, they, too, shall become part of this policy, unless otherwise treated by Board policy.

Electronic resources on the Internet may be helpful, accurate and thorough. However, some resources may also be inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date, illegal or offensive as well. The Rutland Free Library is not responsible for the quality or content of information encountered on the Internet. It is the sole right and responsibility of parents and/or guardians of minors to supervise their children’s Internet sessions. The Rutland Free Library will not control or restrict use of electronic resources except to intervene while training and to assure equitable time sharing.

The Rutland Free Library assumes no responsibility for any claims, liabilities, actions, or damages, including damages to personal property arising from use of any library owned or leased electronic services, or resulting from the use of data made available through electronic information services.

Internet Access Policy

We strive to protect the First Amendment rights of our patrons, and their individual rights of privacy. However, because Internet workstations are located in public areas, images on the screen and paper printouts of those images may be visible to others. Internet users must respect the rights and sensitivities of others, which is consistent with the library’s general rules of conduct. Failure to use Internet workstations appropriately and responsibly may result in denial of further Internet use privileges.

Use of library computer resources for any of the following is prohibited:

  • Attempting to gain or gaining unauthorized access to files passwords or data.
  • Use for any purposes violating applicable federal, state or local laws
  • Interfering with or disrupting other computer users
  • Malicious, threatening, harassing or obscene behavior
  • Stealing, damaging or altering software or hardware
  • Public display of obscene materials on computer screen or in hard copy

Relationships with Local Schools

The Rutland Free Library desires to introduce, promote, and encourage the love of reading, to help children and teens develop skills in the use of information and technology, listening and visual literacy, to assist them in understanding themselves and their world, to encourage each to develop to his/her fullest potential and to develop life long learners.

To meet the needs of the entire community, both school and public libraries are required. The similar and different missions, resources, staff and programs provide the full range of resources, materials and services necessary for each child to develop to his/her fullest potential through lifelong learning.

Therefore, the Board of Trustees encourages cooperation with all schools in the library’s service area. This cooperation shall include appropriate resource sharing, borrowing privileges for teachers and administrators regardless of their private residence, and the mutual promotion of programs and services to and for all youth.

Book Selection Policy

The Board of the Rutland Free Library Association, Inc., recognizing the pluralistic nature of this community and the varied backgrounds and needs of all citizens, regardless of race, creed or political persuasion, declares as a matter of book selection policy, that:

  • Book and or library material selection is and shall be vested in the Director and under his (or her) direction those members of the professional staff who are qualified by reason of education or training. Any book and/or library material so selected shall be held to be selected by the Board.
  • Selection of books and/or other materials shall be based on their contribution to the interests, information, and enlightenment of all people in the community. Race, nationality, or the political or social views of the author shall not be a determining factor in book selection.
  • The Board believes that reading is a purely individual matter and declares that while anyone is free to reject for himself books of which he does not approve, no one may censor or restrict the freedom of choice of others.
  • This board defends the principles of the Freedom to Read Statement and declares that whenever censorship is involved no book and/or library material shall be removed from the library save under the orders of a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • The Board adopts and declares that it will adhere to and support:
    (a) The Library Bill of Rights, and
    (b) The Freedom to Read Statement adopted by the American Library Association, both of which are made a part hereof.