Services & Policies
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.
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All residents of St. Johnsbury are eligible for free library cards. Individuals and families who pay property taxes to the Town of St. Johnsbury may also sign up for library cards at no cost. Persons who live outside the Town of St. Johnsbury and who do not pay town taxes may purchase annual non-resident cards. The annual charge for a non-resident card is $15.00.
Persons wishing to sign up for a library card must present photo ID and proof of current address.
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.
Audiobooks and E-Books (Available with an Athenaeum Library Card)
- ListenUp Vermont! A comprehensive collection of databases with full text articles on a wide variety of topics, including newspapers, Chilton Repair Manuals, science, health, language learning, and small business resources. VOL includes databases for children to use for their research including Kid’s Info Bits, Junior Edition, Student Edition and Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
To login, enter the barcode from your library card in all caps. If your barcode ends with a letter or special character such as a ? or %, substitute a zero.
- 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.
- 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 online. Download the KOHA Quick Reference Sheet here.
- 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.