• 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, […]

  • Babies and toddlers rock, Monday, 10 AM

    Music and movement for our youngest users to get you started Monday mornings.

  • 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.)

Reference and Selection Policies

Reference policies:


The library responds to telephone or email research requests as staff time allows and/or volunteers are available. Specific dates are needed to accommodate obituary requests. You are welcome to conduct research at the library, but if you need further assistance we may refer you to a genealogist, historical society, Clerk’s office, or the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.


Library reference staff can provide basic technology instruction using library computers, devices, and the internet. We’re happy to get you started using the web, email, and word processing. We can explain how the library’s downloadable media service works with e-readers and mobile devices. However, library staff cannot help with remembering passwords, using credit cards, or troubleshooting personal electronics. If you need further assistance, you can bring a friend who can help or ask us how to find your answer on the web.


When the library does not own titles that you’re looking for, we can borrow from other libraries. Interlibrary loan is a free service, but increasingly it costs money. Patrons may request up to 3 interlibrary loans at a time. You may be asked to resolve any outstanding fees on your account before checking out an interlibrary loan item, and you will be asked to pay a fee associated with borrowing from a university. We cannot borrow media items.

Selection policies:


The library gladly accepts donations of materials from the public. Most items go to the Friends of the Library book sale, which provides the library with important funding for materials and programs. If determined to be a valuable addition to the collection by the librarians, some items are processed and added to the collection. Due to the large volume of items needing processing, we cannot follow up with individuals regarding the addition of your donated items to the collection.


The library collection is periodically weeded of material that is outdated, duplicated, superseded, or rarely used. Using defined criteria, weeding is necessary to maintain a collection of high quality material. Sales of discarded materials are handled by the Friends of the Library, which provides important funding for new materials.

Last updated August 2, 2011