• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

Vermont Historical Collection (old site)

Our Vermont Historical Collection contains about 4,000 volumes focusing on state and local history, genealogy, and vital records with a strong emphasis on Rutland City and County. The Vermont Historical Collection is completely non-circulating. However, we are willing to do a reasonable amount of photocopying in connection with genealogical and other research queries at our regular rate.

Books: About 4,000 titles are housed in our first-floor Vermont Room. Of particular interest to researchers are census microfilm and indexes, city directories and reports, local and town histories from Rutland and neighboring counties, the DAR and Swan collections, a substantial run of Walton’s Vermont Registers and a set of Hemenway’s Vermont Historical Gazetteer. There is also an extensive collection of vital records from other New England states, particularly Massachusetts.

Newspapers: The library has a complete run of the Rutland Herald from its founding in 1792. From 1970 through the present, the Herald is indexed on microfilm, microfiche, and computer, but no indexing exists for issues prior to 1970. Also available are full runs of other Rutland newspapers which flourished briefly during the 19th century such as the Courier and the Independent. We have an index to the Burlington Free Press from 1848 to 1870 in 10 volumes but not the newspaper itself.

Serials/Periodicals: We have bound volumes of the Rutland Historical Society Quarterly, Vermont History, Vermont History News, and Vermont Life. We also have bound volumes of Branches & Twigs, the Genealogical Society of Vermont’s quarterly publication from 1974 to the present and bound volumes of The Vermonter from 1895 to 1939 along with indexes to the latter.

Documents: The library’s collecting of Vermont-related federal, state, and/or local documents is very selective. Examples are federal censuses of population, retail trade, or agriculture; county business patterns; Lake Champlain Basin studies; Rutland downtown master-plan; and Rutland by-pass or flood-plain studies.

Maps/Atlases: We have Beers’s atlases covering most of the state as well as an extensive collection of U. S. Geologic Survey topographic maps covering most of Vermont and some of New Hampshire along with other New England states. Older Vermont maps are found in various volumes compiled and edited by Kevin Graffagnino.

Broadsides: The library does not collect broadsides or other archival material. An important collection of such material, however, is maintained at the nearby Rutland Historical Society.

Manuscripts/Archives: Neither manuscripts nor archives are collected by the library, but we have the research collections of local genealogist Marvel Swan. This collection includes not only books but more than 30 volumes of bound typescript and loose-leaf notebooks containing in some cases unique compilations of cemetery records from Rutland City and nearby towns.

Photographs/Pictures: The Historical Society has a large collection of old photographs. The Rutland Free Library does not maintain a photo collection.

Film/Video: The library owns the 8-part Vermont Heritage Series of videos produced for the state’s Division of Historic Preservation. These videos are not technically part of the Vermont Historical Collection and are available for circulation for a three-day period free of charge.

Music: The collection contains three or four volumes of old Vermont folk songs and ballads but no sheet music or recordings.

Vertical files: The Vermont Room contains two file cabinets containing vertical files. This material, which has accumulated over the years, includes studies, miscellaneous state reports, brochures, pamphlets, and genealogical information such as individual family newsletters.