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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Schedule


  • Music & Therapy Dog - Preschool Music and Reading to Willy Wonka will not take place on Tuesday, Aug. 16. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Drop-In Yoga - Our yoga program will not be taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
  • Kids' Dungeons & Dragons - Our session originally scheduled for Aug. 24 has been moved to Monday, Aug. 29 (at 6 pm).

Library Notes

  • Summer Programs - Registration for summer programming is now live! You can register for library programs here, or by clicking Sign Up for Programs in the menu.

Upcoming Programs


  • The Luneaus Basketball Family – Monday, Aug 15 at 3 pm. Basketball dribbling, juggling and spinning tricks. Audience involvement. Talk about setting goals, working hard, enjoying life, never giving up and living in balance with other people. Register
  • Yarn Bomb our New Light Post - Back in the spring, we got a new light post near the main entrance, and now we'd like to cover it in yarn so that everyone notices it! If you're interested in helping, stop by our display upstairs, and grab a tag to complete a section!
  • Learn to Crochet – Monday, Aug. 15 at 6 pm. Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? Want to participate in yarn-bombing our light pole? Here’s your chance to do both! Seasoned crocheters will be showing you the basics as well as troubleshooting your very first piece of fiber art. All materials provided. This program is for teens and adults but families are welcome. Register
  • Felted Landscapes ThumbnailNeedle Felting Miniature Landscapes – Learn how to needle felt a colorful landscape out of dyed fleece. We will sit outside, weather permitting. All materials provided.
    • Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Aug. 22 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • Learn to Knit – Monday, Aug. 29 at 6pm. Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Want to participate in yarn-bombing our light pole? Here’s your chance to do both! Seasoned knitters will be showing you the basics as well as troubleshooting your very first piece of fiber art. All materials provided. This program is for teens and adults but families are welcome. Register
  • “Guy Reads” Book Group – Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 6 pm. Do you like reading non-fiction, science fiction, or action novels? Then join us at Groennfell Meadery at 856 Hercules Drive to enjoy some good books and better drinks. Everyone is welcome, regardless of gender. This time, we’ll be reading The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. Register
  • Yarn Bomb Construction Party - Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:30pm. It’s time to put it all together! We’ll sew the pieces of the yarn bomb together and then cover the pole in its colorful yarn sock and then celebrate with some snacks. All materials provided. This program is for teens and adults but families are welcome.

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.