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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States


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Policies & Services

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.

To access all of our our online resources and digital services, click here. 

Audiobooks and E-Books (Available with an Athenaeum 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
  • OneClick Digital has a selection of audiobooks that are always available for download with no waiting list.

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 click here.

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.  Other materials can be renewed 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), or by logging into your KOHA account onlineDownload 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.

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.

For information about accessing information in the Athenaeum's archives, click here