Burnham Memorial Library

The Burnham Memorial Library welcomes people of all ages to enrich their lives through books, audio-visual materials and programs. The library will provide materials for life-long learning and assistance in using information resources, with an emphasis on early literacy in children. Colchester residents will look to the Library as a place that is attractive and welcoming, with an atmosphere that inspires them to learn, grow, and become better citizens.
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Library Notes

  • Tax Help with AARP Volunteers – Our appointments for the AARP Tax Aide Service are currently full for the year. We can add you to the wait list, but that is dependent on cancellations or additional slots opening up. There are a number of other sites in the area; you can find their contact information here - https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

Upcoming Programs


  • Anime Club – Kon'nichiwa anime and manga fans! We’re watching shows, eating delicious Japanese inspired creations, and geeking out with kawaii crafts because we can. Bring likeminded friends and Tanoshimimasu! Teens grades 6 -12.
  • [insert title here] – Monday, Apr. 3 at 5:30 pm. Let’s create stuff! Soothing background music and brain food while we geek out about stuff. Share your drawings, writings, fan ships, or whatever creative literary artsy thing you do. Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, Apr. 4 & 18 at 4:15 pm. Sign up to read to our volunteer certified therapy dog. If you’re not yet reading, an adult will read to you while you and Willy Wonka sit back and enjoy the stories. Call to sign up!
  • Teen Movie Night – Friday, Apr. 7 at 6 pm. FREE movie and popcorn and beverages. Plus comfy seating. Teenage humans only in grades 6-12. This time around, we’ll be watching a Disney movie; sign up online and vote for which one we watch! Register
  • Needle Felting Sheep – Tuesday, Apr. 11 from 2-3:30 pm, and Monday, Apr. 17 from 6:30-7:45 pm. Learn how to needle felt sheep. All materials provided.
    • Tuesday, Apr. 11 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Apr. 17 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • FREE Practice Tests - Take a full-length free version of the official tests for practice. Free score report and analysis of answers provided via our partnership with Princeton Review. Call for more details.

Borrowing Policies

  • Any Vermont resident may register for free borrowing privileges.
  • Circulation Periods:
    • 3 weeks - Books
    • 2 weeks - New books, audio/video materials, and e-Readers
    • 1 week - Periodicals and passes
  • Borrowers are financially responsible for damaged and lost library materials.
  • There are only overdue fines on VHS Tapes, DVDs, e-readers, and passes.
  • Items may be reserved or renewed at the library, by phone, or through the online catalog, unless the item is on hold for another patron.
  • The library has book drops located at Town Hall (781 Blakely Road), and at the Rite-Aid near the Price Chopper (1184 Prim Road).

Library Services


  • We participate in Vermont's inter-library loan system - read more about it here.
  • The library is part of the Homecard system, enabling Colchester residents to borrow directly from other participating Chittenden County libraries.
  • Computers, printers, and a scanner are available for Internet access, email, and working with documents.
  • The library has public Wi-Fi for those with their own laptops or other devices.
  • We offer access to the Vermont Online Library - a collection of online research databases with materials for all ages.
  • The library has a selection of large print books and current magazines.
  • The library receives the Burlington Free Press and the New York Times (Daily), and the Colchester Sun and Seven Days (weekly).
  • Audiobooks, e-Readers, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and Playaways are available for checkout.
  • We have a public meeting space which can be used by community groups - call for information or availability.
  • The library has a public photocopier; we also have a fax machine available for outgoing calls.
  • The library has space for local artists to exhibit their work, and display cases for exhibits of interest for both adults and children.
  • The library offers programs for all ages.
  • The library is accessible to those with physical disabilities.