Services & Programs
Public, school, and academic libraries in the state all share information about their collection with the Vermont Department of Libraries, who maintains a database of books and which libraries own copies. If one of our library patrons needs a book we don't own, we search this database, and request the copy from another library. The book is then mailed to us for our patron to check out. When finished, the patron returns the book to us, and we mail it back to the lending library.
We do not charge for providing inter-library loans, and in fact, we are required to offer this as a free service. Libraries are the great democratizer of information, and as such, we can not provide information only to those who are able or willing to pay for it. Of course, it does cost us to provide inter-library loans, and we are always grateful for your contributions to help pay for all our services. Some people choose to donate when they request an inter-library loan, others make a yearly donation that supports all the services we provide. Still others donate their time, or books and plants for our fundraisers. We appreciate your support in any form, and always enjoy helping you find the information you need.