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Tuesday  10 am - 8 pm
Wednesday  10 am - 8 pm
Thursday  10 am - 6 pm
Friday  10 am - 6 pm
Saturday  10 am - 6 pm
Sunday  12 noon - 6 pm

235 College Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401

Main Telephone: 802.863.3403
Reference Desk: 865.7217
Youth Department: 865.7216
Fax: 802.865.7227
TTY Relay 711

The Library is located on the corner of College Street and South Winooski Avenue, one block east of Church Street. The Roxy movie theater is across College street from the Library.

From Route 7 south of Burlington, go through the rotary and stay on Shelburne Road (passing South Willard Street on the right).  100 hundred yards after the rotary bear right on to South Union Street.  At the first traffic light take a left onto Main Street.  At the next light take a right on to South Winooski Avenue and go one block to College Street.  The library is on the corner on the right.

From I-89 take Exit 14 West and proceed west on Route 2 toward Burlington.  Drive past the University of Vermont.  Continuing down the hill, you're now on Main Street.  At the next light take a right onto South Winooski Avenue and go one block to College Street.  The library is on the corner on the right.

Map courtesy of Google Maps

A small, metered parking lot is located on the east side of the library on College Street.  Another option is to park in the parking garage located between Bank and Cherry Streets on South Winooski Avenue, one block north of College Street (first 2 hours free!).  Click here for info about other parking lots, rates & time limits for parking meters of different colors, and their locations.  

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Calendar Year 2017

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24: Closing at 4:00 pm

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25

New Year's Eve - Sunday, December 31: (open for First Night Burlington events only; buttons are required to attend)

Calendar Year 2018

New Year's Day - Monday, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 15

Presidents' Day - Monday, February 19

Town Meeting Day - Tuesday, March 6

Memorial Day - Monday, May 28

Independence Day - Wednesday, July 4

Bennington Battle Day - Thursday, August 16

Labor Day - Monday, September 3

Columbus Day - Monday, October 8

Veterans Day (observed) - Monday, November 12

Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 22

Christmas Day - Tuesday, December 25

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We love to get to know our patrons-- Visit our Circulation, Youth Services and Reference Desks with questions, feedback, and just to say Hi!

The Library is open to the public, with free WiFi and computer access.  To borrow materials and use all of our online resources, we invite you to start your membership and become a Library patron today!  Just bring a valid photo identification card to the Circulation Desk (Burlington Residents: bring proof of residency, too—see below).

Resident Cards:
The Fletcher Free Library is the public library of the city of Burlington. Burlington property tax payers and renters can receive a free library card.  To get your library card just come to the Circulation Desk and present BOTH a valid photo identification card AND typewritten proof of your Burlington address.  Examples of proof of address include: current utility bill, personal check, lease, tax bill or recently-mailed document showing printed name & address.  This documentation may be presented via i-phone or similar device.  Youth not yet in high school must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when signing up for a library card.

College students who live off campus and rent in Burlington can receive a free card.  Champlain College and University of Vermont students who live on campus can get a free library card, too.

Temporary Resident Cards:
People staying in Burlington temporarily who want to enjoy Library member benefits may obtain a 6-month membership.

Non-Resident Cards:
People who live outside of Burlington can purchase a one-year library card for $35.00.  The card entitles the holder to borrow books and other materials from the Fletcher Free Library, and use all the Library’s online resources.  Senior citizens (62 and older) who live out-of-town can purchase a one-year library card for $15.00.  

Extra cards:
Family members living in the same household as a non-resident patron can purchase an extra card for $5 each.

Half-Year Non-Resident Cards--NEW!!
We are now offering a 6-month membership for $20 to people who want to enjoy Library member benefits for a shorter term.

Cash, check or debit/credit card.  (Please note: there is a flat fee of $3 for transactions under $123.  For payments more than $123, the fee is 2.45% of the transaction.  Credit/debit payments must be made in person.)

The following non-residents qualify for free membership:

  • Burlington business and property owners
  • Burlington City employees
  • English-language learners
  • Vermont Adult Learning Program students

The Fletcher Free Library is not a member of the Homecard system. Homecard is an affiliation of Chittenden County libraries that have reciprocal borrowing privileges-- if you have a library card from a Homecard member library you can borrow materials from other Homecard member libraries.

Computer User Cards:
People who do not want a Library Card but who wish to use our free-access Tech Center more than once or twice may obtain a free Computer User card.  This card does not include borrowing privileges, but it does allow the holder to log in at the Tech Center without staff assistance for their 2 sessions per day.

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Checkout Limits, per member:

  • Total items of any kind: 25

  • Movies on DVD: 3

Fines, per day, per item:

  • DVDs (Adult and Youth): $1.00

  • All Other AV, Tools, Adult New Books: $0.25

  • Back periodicals: $0.25

  • Adult Books: $0.10

  • Youth Books: $0.05

  • Maximum fine per item: $5.00 (no matter how long overdue!)

  • NOTE: If $15 or more is owed, account is blocked-- items cannot be borrowed or renewed and Tech Center access is denied.

  • Cash, check or debit/credit card. (Please note: there is a flat fee of $3 for credit/debit transactions under $123.  For payments more than $123, the fee is 2.45% of the transaction.  Credit/debit payments must be made in person.)

Loan Terms:

  • Books & Audio: 3 weeks

  • Movies & Tools: 1 week

  • Back periodicals: 1 week

  • Item may be renewed 5X unless other patrons have placed holds.

Renewals and Placing Holds:

  • Call (863.3403, ext. 0) or visit the Circulation Desk, or

  • Use our on-line catalog (Polaris) via a link on our home page (  With your 14-digit Library Card Barcode and 4-digit PIN you can log in, then click "My Account" to renew and place holds on line 24/7.  (PINs are noted on new cards-- if yours is missing, visit the Circulation Desk in person to get your PIN).

Interlibrary Loan is available for items not in our collection, as long as they are not newly-published.


  • Items must be checked in at the Circulation Desk before closing on the due date.

  • The Book Drop located by the front door is open for returns when the Library is closed.  Items returned in the Book Drop are checked in on the following day.

  • Another Book Drop is located in the North End: Miller Center, 130 Gosse Court, near the front entrance.  It's available 24/7!

Please return items on time so others can enjoy them, too!

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Community groups may reserve meeting rooms at the Fletcher Free Library for programs or events that are free & open to the public.

Room bookings are made on a first come, first served basis.  Reservation Request Forms must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event, and are reviewed at least once a week.  Our meeting rooms are popular! Please note that you must wait for confirmation before moving forward with your room reservation plans.

If you have questions about room reservations, please consult the Meeting Room Policy or contact Barbara Shatara at

To reserve a room:

1.    Select a contact person for the event/program (aged 18 years or older).

2.    Read the Meeting Room Policy and complete the
Meeting Room Reservation Request Form (
(Hard copies of the form are available at the Library's Circulation Desk, for those without internet access.)

Within one week from the day the form is submitted, Barbara Shatara will report the confirmation status of the reservation to the contact person.

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  • Loan of books & other circulating materials for adults and children

  • Interlibrary Loan of materials not in our collection

  • Books for purchase (see Donation Guidelines)

  • Outreach programs & deliveries to those unable to come to the Library

  • Museum Passes to local parks and museums

  • Current and back issues of magazines & newspapers

  • Reference research on inquiries made in person, by phone or email

  • Meeting Room space available to non-profits, free during open hours

  • Free Public Access Tech Center

  • Free Public Wi-Fi Internet access for laptop users


Programs and Events...
(see Programming & Events and e-newsletter BiblioFile for more details):

...for Adults:

  • Art Exhibits

  • Book Discussion Group

  • Free Computer Workshops

  • Classes for English-language learners, including computer usage

  • Conversation groups in a variety of languages

  •  Programs presented in cooperation with other organizations, such as the Vermont Humanities Council and The Flynn Center

...for Youth:

  • Family and Children’s Sing-alongs

  • Dance & Theater

  • Pre-school Storytime

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Summer Reading Program

  • Kids' resources

  • Teen resources

  • Many special, one-time programs!

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Mary Danko, Library Director  802.865.7214

Robert Coleburn, Assistant Director

Kath Laing, Development Manager  802.488.4751

Circulation:  802.863.3403

Emer Pond Feeney, Circulation Manager  802.863.3403

Tenzin Dhondup, Inter-Library Loan  802.865.7223

David Bushor, Library Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator  802.863.3403

Collection Development

Christine Webb, Librarian  802.865.7224


Robert Resnik, Librarian  802.865.7212

Programs & Partnerships

Barbara Shatara, Librarian 

Reference DESK


How to request an Obituary

Technology & digital literacy

Dodit Tshibamba, Computer Assistant  802.865.7217

Annie D'Alton, Communications & Technology Assistant


Abby Wanserski, Tween/Teen Librarian

Youth Services

Rebecca Goldberg, Librarian  802.865.7216

To contact other staff members, please call 802.863.3403.

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The Library Board of Commissioners meets on the 3rd Monday of every other month
at Noon
Click Here to read Agenda & Minutes.

Ed Adrian - Commissioner (Chair)

Megan Butterfield - Staff Commissioner

Patrick Halladay - Commissioner

Peter Ireland - Trustee

Patrick Kinner - Trustee

Cate MacLachlan - Trustee

Mary Ellen Manock - Trustee

Glenn McRae - Commissioner

Amy Mellencamp - Commissioner

Jessica Nordhaus - Mayoral Designee

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On July 14, 1873, Mrs. Mary L. Fletcher, with her daughter, Miss Mary M. Fletcher, gave the city of Burlington $20,000 for the founding of the Fletcher Free Library. Half of this sum was to be spent on books; the other half was used to start an endowment for the library.

By 1901 the library had outgrown its location in the old City Hall building. In the same year, Andrew Carnegie made a gift of $50,000 for the construction of a new library. On August 17th, 1904, the new library was dedicated and opened for business. For almost 70 years the Carnegie building served the community well, but in 1973 the building sustained structural damage due to the settling of the northwest corner of the foundation (where poor quality material used to fill the former railroad ravine was settling). The collection was moved that year to temporary quarters in Contois Auditorium in City Hall, then a few months later to the basement of Memorial Auditorium.

In the early to mid 1970's there was some pressure from the citizenry to demolish the Carnegie building and rebuild on the site. In response, a group of Burlington residents formed The Committee to Save the Fletcher Free Library Building. A petition was circulated, and as a result, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May of 1974. In 1977, an E.D.A. grant of $234,000 made possible the stabilization and external repair of the building. A Library Task Force was appointed to seek further funding for restoration and an addition to the Carnegie building.

In 1978, Burlington voters approved a 2.4 million-dollar bond issue to build an addition to the Carnegie building. The addition was dedicated on January 4, 1981 and marked a new chapter for Burlington's public library.

Today the Fletcher Free Library is a vibrant member of the Burlington community.  The collection includes over 143,000 items, including books, music CDs, books on CD, movies on DVD, gardening tools, and a vast array of children's materials. Database access and downloadable audiobooks and are available through the Library's web site.  Free internet access is available to laptop users and at public access computers.  The Library continues to seek out programs and services that will fulfill our patrons' pursuit of educational, cultural and life-long learning opportunities.

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Fletcher Free Library Mission Statement

To inform, enrich and nurture a community of lifelong learners.

Fletcher Free Library Diversity Statement
The FFL serves the diverse needs of the Greater Burlington Community.  FFL believes that it is important we understand and celebrate our human diversity.  We strive to use literacy promotion, programming, information gathering and work with the community to this end.  Our organization adheres to the ethics and principles stated in the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.

The FFL defines diversity to include all human characteristics that make us unique as individuals. Diversity includes everyone and excludes no one. Race, ethnicity, gender, geographic origin, culture, lifestyle, age, ability, sexual orientation, economic status, marital status, world view, and religion are just some of the characteristics.

 The FFL Board and staff will:

  • Insure that the library is welcoming to all community members and visitors; particularly to those who may have had less access to libraries.

  • Be representative of our evolving community through hiring, recruitment and professional development.

  • Be vigilant in making sure collections reflect our commitment to inclusion.

  • Train staff and volunteers to understand and to meet the needs of a diverse population.

  • Provide space where people of all backgrounds may gather together and freely exchange ideas.

  • Promote inclusivity in its programs and services.

  • Engage all members of the community in the development, operation, and future of the library.

  • Deliver library programs and services to underserved populations both physically and electronically.

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The Library is in the process of implementing our Strategic Plan for 2016-2020.  Our new Library Director, Mary Danko, has approved the plan (with a few minor refinements to the "Activities" section).
Click here to read it!

Although the Fletcher Free Library is a City Department, we rely on volunteers and donations to help us provide our excellent service.

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The Fletcher Free Library, as a City Department, works jointly with individuals and local organizations and businesses to ensure community investment in our services and programming. Community support strengthens our mission of serving the evolving educational and cultural needs of the Greater Burlington community by facilitating access and exchange of knowledge, enhancing literacy skills, and building community connections.

Visit the Support the Library page to see how you can help!

To fill out a Volunteer Application form: click here to print, or pick one up at the Circulation Desk (863.3403, extension 0).

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