Using the Library

Get a Library Card

Library cards are free to Manchester residents. For others, non-resident fees apply. An annual, non-resident individual membership is $49 (or $25 for a six-month individual membership), and a non-resident household membership is $79 (or $40 for a six-month household membership.)

These amounts reflect Manchester taxpayers’ per capita costs to support the Library. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards as payment for membership.

You will need to come to the Library in person to get a library card (although one member of a household may get cards for other household members). You may be asked to provide proof of residency, which can be established by the following: for Property Owners, a current tax receipt showing taxes paid to the Town of Manchester; for Renters, a copy of a utility bill or lease agreement.

Benefits of Library Membership

  • Borrowing privileges to over 20,000 books, audiobooks, magazines, DVD’s and more, including the latest bestsellers
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Reference and information services for adults and children
  • Access to State Park and Museum Passes
  • Special collections in local history and genealogy
  • Internet access from 5 iPads, 4 Windows PC’s and 10 iMac computer workstations
  • Interlibrary loan services
  • 24/7 access to an extensive list of electronic resources
  • Free Online Classes
  • Physical and Digital display space that can be requested by artists and community groups
  • One-on-one Technology Trainings and Tutorials
  • Free use of private Touchdown Workspaces
  • Programs for all ages, including book discussions, storytimes and summer reading programs

MUSEUM PASSES:

American Precision Museum (Windsor) www.americanprecision.org. Admits up to 2 adults and children under 18 years of age, free of charge.

Bennington Museum (Bennington) www.benningtonmuseum.org. Admits 2 adults, free of charge (children are always free), a 10% discount in the museum shop, and reciprocal benefits at the Consortium of New England Art Museums. For upcoming programs and exhibits, visit www.benningtonmuseum.org

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) www.clarkart.edu. Admits 1 adult free of charge (children always free).

Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center (Burlington) www.echovermont.org – $4/admission up to 4 people.

Hildene (Manchester) www.hildene.org. Pass allows full access to the main house and gardens, special exhibits, the Rowland Agricultural Center and goat dairy, the 1903 Pullman car, Sunbeam, miles of walking, ski and snowshoe trails. Admits 2 adults and 2 children or grandchildren under 18, free of charge. Visit www.hildene.org for information on upcoming programs and exhibits. The Library owns two passes.

Shelburne Museum (Shelburne) www.shelburnemuseum.org. Admits 2 adults and up to 4 accompanying children, free of charge. Must present your library card at the admission desk.

Shelburne Farms (Shelburne) www.shelburnefarms.org. Admits up to 2 adults and their children under 18 years of age to the Hiking Trails and Children’s Farmyard. The pass excludes the property tours. The Library owns two passes.

Vermont Historic Sites (various locations) www.historicvermont.org/sites. Up to 8 people are admitted free to any VT Historic Site.

Vermont History Museum (Montpelier) and Vermont Heritage Galleries (Barre) www.vermonthistory.org. Admits one family, free of charge.

Vermont State Parks (various locations) www.vtstateparks.com. Admits one vehicle with up to 8 people, free of charge for one day to any state park. The Library owns two passes.

Library members can check out a pass for 3 days on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional conditions apply. Manchester Community Library is located at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Lending Guidelines

Books, DVD’s, Audiobooks on CD, and Magazines
The Manchester Community Library’s fiction, nonfiction, and large print collections reflect a diversity of reading tastes. The Library does not place limits on the number of books, audiobooks, and magazines that may be checked out. Please be mindful of others’ needs when deciding how many items to check out. Our loan periods are listed below based on the type of item.

We make collection decisions with all of our customers’ preferences in mind, and are always glad to hear  your recommendations. Want to suggest a purchase? Click Here.

Items Loan Period Renewals Allowed? Suggested Donation if Overdue
Books Four Weeks Yes $0.50 a day
New Release Books Two Weeks No $1.00 a day
Audiobooks on CD Four Weeks Yes  $1.00 a day
eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks 21 days Some (More Details») $0.50 a day
DVDs (Limit of 5 DVD’s at a time) 7 days Yes $1.00 a day
Magazines 7 days Yes $0.50 a day

Special Collections

Vermont History Collection
The Library’s Vermont History Collection consists of several hundred books on local, regional and state history and genealogy. Books in this collection are housed in the Manchester Historical Society’s collection room, located on the Lower Level of the Library. Contact the Manchester Historical Society at 802-549-4582 for access to this collection.