borrowing rights and privileges
Library cards are free to residents of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon, Ira, and Tinmouth. Proof of your current mailing address will be required at the time of registration, or your card will be mailed to you to verify your residence within a tax-paying city or town. If you do not live in one of the tax supporting towns, there is a fee which is the same as the average per capita amount paid in the five towns. Teacher cards are available for anyone teaching in the library service area. Click here for more information about library cards for teachers.
Each patron must have their own card which is good for one year. Children 15 or younger must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature and be able to sign their name to have a library card. You may also apply for a library card by mail. Click here to get a form you can print and fill out to apply for a library card or fill out our online form to request a library card.
If your library card is lost contact the library immediately. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card, so treat it as you would a credit card.
Books should be returned on or before the date due. Patrons may return items to the bookdrop. All items left in the bookdrop will be checked in on the next date the library is open.
reserves & interlibrary loan
Materials checked out to other patrons may be placed on reserve using the online catalog or by speaking to a staff member. Books not owned by the Rutland Free Library or the Catamount Library Network may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to all library users and can be used to borrow books, magazine and journal articles, and to obtain photocopies from other libraries. We can not use Interlibrary Loan to borrow DVDs, videotapes, music CDs, or reference books. When you are notified that your ILL material has arrived, you have three days to pick it up. Interlibrary Loan material is available for checkout periods of three weeks and can not be renewed. This is a free service unless you do not pick up an item you request, in which case a $5 handling fee is charged to your account. Overdue fines are fifty cents per day, per item.
overdue notices & fees
As a courtesy to patrons, overdue notices are sent as follows: First notice: 7 days after item is due; Bill: 30 days after item is due.
fees for overdue materials
- 25 cents per day ($8.00 maximum) for adult materials
- 15 cents per day ($5.00 maximum) for juvenile materials
- 50 cents per day ($5.00 maximum) for book bags
- $1 per day ($10 maximum) for videos
- 50 cents per day ($5.00 maximum) for interlibrary loan materials
- $5 per day for passes
other charges: lost or damaged fees
- Lost card: $1
- Damaged item, if repairable: Up to, but not greater than, the cost of item.
- Lost or nonrepairable item:
- Adult fiction: $25
- Adult nonfiction : $30
- Adult paperbacks: $7
- Juvenile books: $16
- Juvenile paperbacks $5
- Book bags (complete set) $125
Any overdue fines will be charged for all lost or nonrepairable items.