Updated Library Hours
In order to staff the Library adequately while also keeping staff and users safe, new library hours have begun. We will continue to limit entrance to 15 users at a time, and ask that everyone limit their stay. Computers are first come first serve and are limited to 30 minutes. Per a City Council resolution dated 6/8/2020, all South Burlington municipal buildings, including the Library, require face coverings. Please watch our website for future changes. Thanks again for your patience.
OPEN HOURS - Closed November 11
Mondays – 11 am to 3 pm
Tuesdays – 2 pm to 6 pm
Wednesdays - 2 pm to 6 pm
Thursdays – 11 am to 3 pm
Fridays - 11 am to 3 pm
Placing Holds & Returning Items
You can now place your own holds. If you have not yet set up your account, click here. Once logged in, find and select the title in your preferred format, then click the Place Hold button. You will receive an email notice when that item is ready for you. The Library will hold it for you on our Reserves Cart located at the library entrance, until the expiration date on your notice. Items on the cart have already been checked out to you. Please note that in addition to placing holds yourself, we will take phone calls and emails requesting new titles that we do not own. Keep in mind that we need to have requests placed by 9 am for same day pickup. Budgets are tight this year due to COVID-19 so we can’t guarantee that we will order every book you request or that the title will arrive in a timely manner.
With the disruption that the pandemic has caused, we know there are a lot of books, CDs and DVDs out there that have been delayed in coming back to the Library. If you have any library materials with past due dates, we’d love for you to drop them off at our bookdrop on the first floor of the mall parking garage at your earliest convenience, or bring them into the Library during our open hours. During this pandemic, returns are quarantined for up to a week after drop off. Returns and auto messages might overlap. Checked out items will still appear on your account after you return to the bookdrop or to the Library until we can safely handle them and check in.
Updated Curbside Pickup
We acknowledge that some people are still staying safe at home and will require ongoing Curbside Pickup. Pickup for those patrons will be available during open hours, but will now require that the person wanting to pick up call the Library at 802-846-4140 arriving at the back door of the Mall, near the bookdrop, in the parking garage. We will have someone available to run items out to your car. If you don’t have a cell phone, please call us from home before you set off. Keep in mind that we need to have your requests by 9 am for same day pickup.
Keep an eye on this website as we continue the transition to wholeness. Call us at 846-4140 or email our general mailbox at sbplinfo@SouthBurlingtonVT.gov.
See you at the Library!
Please read the following document if you are interested in how we are handling materials so as to protect our staff and you, the public.
Please read our letter regarding the Library closure on March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus.
Read about the testing of library materials that supports our decision to quarantine materials.
Online Library Resources
- Ebooks and Audiobooks are available to South Burlington residents using the Libby and Overdrive Apps as well through an internet browser. You can find more information on how to access our Ebook and Audiobook collection here. You will need your exact South Burlington library card number and catalog account password.
- Vermont Online Library provides access to Gale databases, enabling library patrons to search magazines, newspapers, books, and more.
- EBSCO’s Learning Express Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related online tools.
- Online genealogy resources are provided for your review and use.
- Universal Class offers more than 500 online courses free to South Burlington resident cardholders.
- Online Library Programming is available to those who are interested. Watch YouTube Storytimes on your own schedule. Attend Zoom meetings for our Great Decisions series, Cookbook Club, and Book Discussions. Stay up to date by visiting our Events page.
- The Vermont Department of Health has launched a new go-to resource for Vermonters to see an in-depth picture of COVID-19 activity in Vermont.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) developed an extensive COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a current page on health related information on COVID-19.
- The Vermont Department of Labor has information on directions to file for unemployment.
- The office of Senator Bernie Sanders assembled an excellent resource on "What You Need to Know about the Federal Stimulus Package" specifically for Vermonters and where to go to apply for support. Find the excerpt here.
- The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has a comprehensive Coronavirus Resources webpage, updated daily, that covers a range of policy areas from health and fiscal to elections. New additions include:
Small Business Loan (PPP & EIDL) Fact Sheet (PDF)
Student Loan Fact Sheet (PDF)
Stimulus Check Fact Sheet (PDF)