NEW OPEN HOURS
Due to the continuing low rate of COVID 19 infection in our area and the high demand for in-building service, the South Burlington Public Library will be increasing its open hours and remodeling Curbside Pickup. Wednesdays have been very popular so we know that the reading-listening-watching public is ready to come back, and we are so happy to see you!
The Library is now open to the public on Mondays and Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Come in to browse or use public computers on a first come, first served basis. We can accommodate 15 members of the public at one time, and ask you to follow social distancing guidelines and use hand sanitizer upon entering. Computers will be limited to 30 minutes. Per a City Council resolution dated 6/8/2020, all South Burlington municipal buildings, including the Library, require face coverings.
To request an item during this period, you may call, email or place your own hold online for items found in the Library Catalog. If you place a hold for an item that is currently checked out, you will get an email or text message when ready for you. This notification will include the date by which you should pick it up. Also, please keep in mind that we need to have your requests of items currently available in the Catalog by 10 a.m. for same day pickup. Your ready holds will be on a cart at the Library entrance during open hours. These items are already 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. 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! We will start taking inter-library loan requests for older titles beginning August 1.
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 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but will now require that the person wanting to pick up, call the Library (802-846-4140) once they arrive 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 10 a.m. 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 for three days.
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)