Mission Statement

The Chittenden Public Library provides the best possible access to books and other library resources in a variety of formats and technologies for the enjoyment and enlightenment of its patrons.

The library also encourages and facilitates cultural activities for the community, educates the community about the library’s resources, and upholds the public’s freedom of access to information

Library General Use Policy

Material Selection Policy


Unattended Children Policy

The Library welcomes and encourages all children to use and enjoy its facilities, programs and services. However, the Librarian and volunteers do not serve in loco parentis for children in the Library and parents should not view the Library as an alternative to childcare. For the protection and well-being of the children who use the Chittenden Public Library, we ask parents/caregivers to be aware of the following:

-Children under the age of 10 must be attended and adequately supervised by a parent/caregiver at all times.

-The Library is a public building. Young patrons should use the same caution that they would use in any public space. The Library cannot assume responsibility for any child left unattended at the Library.

-The Library shares the building with Barstow Memorial School. Young patrons who behave in a disruptive manner or show disrespect for the rules will be asked to leave.

-Parents will be held responsible for the cost of any damages to the building or materials.

-Parents/caregivers are responsible for their child/children’s use of the Internet, in line with the Library’s Internet Policy. The Library does not monitor, filter or control the content of materials offered through the Internet.

-If a child is left in the Library for a long period of time, parents/caregivers will be contacted and informed of the Library policy. If the parents/caregivers ignore the policy or are unable to be contacted, the situation may be reported to local law enforcement.

Circulation Policy

Any resident of Chittenden and Mendon, Barstow student or staff member may use the Library free of charge. Service and loan privileges will be denied only for due cause as determined by the Librarian. Such due cause includes misuse of materials or room, failure to make restitution for lost materials, unauthorized removal of materials, and disturbance of other patrons.

Patrons are expected to return materials in a timely manner. Overdue notices will be sent. If books aren’t returned or arrangements aren’t made within a month of the notice, the patron will be billed for replacement of the item.

Equipment Loan Policy

Equipment belonging to the Chittenden Public Library, including but not limited to laptop, Kindles, and tents may be borrowed for use outside of the library for up to seven days by individuals over the age of 18 and at the discretion of the librarian. Only one laptop and one Kindle may be borrowed from the library at one time.

See here for more on the equipment loan policy.

Internet Access Policy

As a part of the Chittenden Public Library’s mission to serve its community by providing resources to enrich the mind, provide leisure reading pleasure, and offer basic information on a wide range of subjects, access to the Internet is available to all patrons.

The Library subscribes to and supports the Library Bill of Rights and its Interpretations, particularly Access to Electronic Information, Services, and Networks. It supports the terms and conditions of the telecommunications use policy of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

Internet Access:
The Internet, a worldwide network of computer networks is an essential medium for obtaining and transmitting information of all types. Therefore, public access to the Internet is germane to the Library’s mission. However, the Internet is an unregulated medium. It may also provide access to information that is inaccurate, out-of-date, illegal or offensive. The Chittenden Public Library is not responsible for the quality or content of information encountered on the Internet.

Responsibilities of Library Staff and Users:
Library staff will not monitor a user’s Internet use, except for length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her Internet session at all times. The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session that disrupts library services or that involves user behavior that violates the Library’s and the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union’s polices.

Chittenden Public Library assumes no responsibility for any claims, liabilities, actions, or damages, including damages to personal property arising from use of any electronic services provided by the Library, or resulting from the use of data made available through electronic information services.

Unacceptable Uses of Computers:
Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:
1.Uses that violate the law.
2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property.
3. Uses that jeopardize the security of access of the computer network
or other networks on the Internet.
4. Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using any forms of direct electronic communications.

Decisions Regarding Donated Books

Decisions regarding books donated to the library for book sales will be the responsibility of the Librarian.
All books donated for express purpose of becoming part of the collection, whether in memoriam, or not, must meet the goals and objectives of the library. If they are not needed because of duplication, condition, or dated information, the Librarian can dispose of them as he/she sees fit. The library does accept memorial gifts of books. Patrons wishing to make such a gift should consult the Librarian before making a choice of book(s). Memorial books will be recognized with suitable bookplates. Memorial contributions of money are gladly accepted, and the allocation must be approved by the Board of Trustees.


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