The library’s original collection consisted of 9,000 finely bound books selected by the noted bibliographer, William F. Poole, author of Poole’s Index, Librarian of Chicago’s famed Newberry Library, and one of the founders of the American Library Association.

Loan Periods

Adult loan periods – 3 weeks: books, magazines, VHS, audio books, music, and kindles. 2 weeks: newest fiction, and DVDs

Children’s loan periods – 3 weeks: everything except DVDs which are for 2 weeks only


Two week materials cannot be renewed.  Otherwise one can renew up to two times. Renew materials by the due date or you will incur fines. Materials can be renewed twice either in person, by phone as long as no one is waiting for them. You may also renew materials by logging into your KOHA account online. Download the KOHA Quick Reference Sheet here.

Overdue Charges

For 14-day sticker items, the fine is 10¢ a day. There is a five-day grace period.

For regular circulation items, the fine is 5¢ a day. There is a five-day grace period.

The maximum fine is $5.00. Borrowing privileges are suspended when overdue charges reach the maximum fine.

Reserving a Book

You can request that a book be put on hold for you. When the book is available we will call or email you. You can put a book on hold either in person or by logging into your KOHA account online.  For more information about putting a book on hold using KOHA, download our information sheet.

Interlibrary Loans

If you are a library card holder and are looking for materials that the Athenaeum doesn’t have, we can try and locate it at another library. To request an interlibrary loan, visit the 1st or 2nd floor desk or use our online form.   Limit of 5 per month per person.    This is a free service but is costly.  We ask users for a donation to help recover some of our postage costs.

Public Access Computers

We have eight public access computers available for patrons use in the library. Computers can be used for either 1/2 hour or 1 hour time slots. Our printing charge is 20¢ per side.

All our public access computers on the second floor have access to Heritage Quest to search US Census records and other resources for genealogy information. See the Reference Librarian for more information.

In addition to our public access computers, the Athenaeum has free wireless access for patrons, available during regular hours of operation.

Borrowing a Kindle

The Athenaeum has three Kindles that can be borrowed for three weeks. The Kindles contain a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.

Audiobooks and E-Books

You can download audiobooks and e-books if you have a library card. ListenUp Vermont! has a large collection of audiobooks and e-books that you can download and borrow for two weeks. If a book is not available you can add it to a waiting list and you will receive an email when the book is available.  Visit our Audiobook page for more information.

You can also download audiobooks from OneClick Digital if you have a library card.  The audiobooks in this collection are always available for download – no waiting list ever. Visit our Audiobook page for more information.



Last update: 6/5/14

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