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, DVDs 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 PCs 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


(As of 7/3/17)

Library members can check out a pass for 3 days on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional conditions apply.

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

Bennington Museum (Bennington) Admits two adults, free of charge (children are always free), and reciprocal benefits at the Consortium of New England Art Museums. The library owns two passes.

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA) Admits one adult free of charge (children and students with valid ID are always free).

Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center (Burlington) – Admits up to two adults and two youth for $4 per admission.

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

Shelburne Museum (Shelburne) Admits library patron and one additional adult and up to four accompanying children (17 & under) for 50% off their applicable admission rate. Individual presenting pass for discount must present your valid library card and photo ID at admission desk.

Shelburne Farms (Shelburne) Admits up to two adults and their children under 18 years of age to the walking trails and Children’s Farmyard. The pass excludes the property tours. The Library owns two passes.

Vermont Historic Sites (various locations) Up to eight people in one vehicle are admitted free to any VT Historic Site.

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

Vermont State Parks (various locations) Up to eight people in one vehicle are admitted free for one day to any state park.

Lending Guidelines

Books, DVDs, 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 DVDs 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.