Please note that many services are not available because the library building is not open to the public due to COVID-19. Our wifi remains on 24 hours/day and is available outside the building. We are again taking Inter-Library Loan requests, but not all libraries are participating, so books may take longer than usual to arrive or may not be available.
Our meeting rooms are available for classes, concerts (we have a grand piano!), parties, etc. Reservations may be made up to six months in advance with a completed space use agreement form and $25 security deposit. Rates will be determined by the Library Director or Assistant Director. Payment in full, and receipt of opening/closing procedures must be completed before start of event. The agreement form is available at the library or by clicking on the link here.
Under the homecard system, Richmond cardholders 16 years old or older may borrow at the following libraries: Bristol, Cambridge/Jeffersonville, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Fairfax, Georgia, Grand Isle, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho/Underhill, Jericho Center, Middlebury, Milton, Monkton, New Haven, Shelburne, South Burlington, South Hero, Vergennes, Westford, Williston, and Winooski.
Inter-Library Loan Program
The Richmond Free Library will borrow materials from other libraries on behalf of Richmond cardholders. Patrons from other towns should initiate inter-library loan requests through their own library. Most loans are now transferred via courier once per week. If you need an item sooner, consider borrowing directly from a Homecard library. RFL will not submit ILL requests for items we own but are in circulation.
Public Access Computers
There are three computers available for accessing the internet, scanning, word processing, and other applications. Color printers linked to the computers. Copies are 20 cents per page. Note: Please review posted computer guidelines before using the computers. Also, the library assumes no responsibility for supervising the computer use of minors.
Our fax number is 802-434-3223. Faxes may be sent for 50 cents per page or received for 20 cents per page. Photocopies may be printed at 20 cents per page.
Available to Richmond Free Library cardholders only.
All passes circulate for two days.
*Please be aware that there is a $5 late fee PER DAY that a pass is overdue!*
BIRDS OF VERMONT MUSEUM: Free admission with one paid admission to the Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington, VT. Valid May – October, this pass includes admission to exhibits and walking trails. For more information, visit birdsofvermont.org.
CATAMOUNT OUTDOOR FAMILY CENTER: Passholder receives a $3 discount for each family member (up to two adults and two children) on any day or half-day pass. May be used for a skiing/ snowshoeing or fat biking pass or for a mountain biking pass in season. Pedestrian use of the trails–walking, hiking and running–is now permitted at Catamount at no charge. Visit the Catamount Center’s website for information about rates and current conditions.
ECHO: Pass admits up to four individuals for $7.00 per person to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. Click on reserve tickets. Enter VTLIB2020 as the discount code.
EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE (EEE): Pass admits two adults to a lecture on Fridays from 2:00-3:00 pm at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. The Fall 2019 semester starts on Friday, September 13 with “The U.S. Supreme Court in a Time of Political Chaos.” Stop by the library for a brochure with the full schedule.
New! FAIRBANKS MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM: Free admission to the museum and planetarium for one family. Visit www.fairbanksmuseum.org for info.
SHELBURNE FARMS: Borrow a guest pass to receive free family admission to the walking trails and children’s farmyard (excludes property tours). Family admission is for up to two adults and children. For more information, visit www.shelburnefarms.org.
SHELBURNE MUSEUM: Pass entitles library patron with one additional adult and up to four additional children (ages 17 and under) to half off the applicable admission rate. Must show your valid library card and a driver’s license/ID in addition to the pass. Summer 2019 regular rates for Vermont residents are $15 for adults and $8 for youth, so with the library pass admission would be $7.50 and $4 respectively. Children four and under are free.
SLEEPY HOLLOW INN SKI & BIKE CENTERS: Passholder receives a $3 discount for each family member (up to two adults and two children) on any day or half-day pass. May be used for a skiing or snowshoeing pass or for a biking or hiking pass in season. Visit Sleepy Hollow’s website for information about rates and current conditions.
VERMONT HISTORY MUSEUM AND VERMONT HISTORY CENTER: Pass admits one person or family to either the Vermont History Museum in downtown Montpelier or the Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre. Visit the Vermont Historical Society’s website for more info.
VERMONT STATE PARKS PASS: Library patrons can check out a pass to visit any Vermont State Park day use area free for one day! The pass admits one vehicle with up to eight people, valid June – October. For more information, visit vtstateparks.com.
VERMONT STATE HISTORIC SITES PASS: Good for free entry into any Vermont State Historic Site (up to 8 people in one vehicle). More info at www.historicsites.vermont.gov.