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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  • Drop-In Yoga will not take place on Apr. 18 or 25.

Library Notes

  • Route 2A Construction - The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s project to rebuild a section of U.S. Route 7/2 and VT Route 2A between Bay Road and Creek Farm Road begins on Monday, April 17. There will be one-way alternating traffic while construction activities occur between 7 am and 6 pm. You may want to seek an alternate route, and be prepared for possible delays. Find more information at the VTrans Project Page.
  • Newsletter - The Burnham Memorial Library is excited to announce the launch of our new email newsletter. The newsletter will provide another way for us to connect with users, and share information about our programming, schedule, special events, and more. We invite anyone with an interest in the library and our programs to sign up at our newsletter page.

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.
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, Apr. 25, May 9 & 23 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!
  • CAN/AM Scale Model Contest and Exhibition - Saturday, Apr. 29 from 9 am-5 pm. Join the Champlain Valley IPMS and Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers for a model contest and exhibition. This year's theme is "Remember the '60s." Admission is $1, children under 12 are free. It takes place next door to the library, at the Meeting House (830 Main St.).
  • [insert title here] – Monday, May 1 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
  • Day Trip to the Northeast Kingdom - Saturday, June 17 from 9:30 am-7:30 pm. It’s time for the annual BML bus trip! We'll explore libraries and an opera house, learn about Snowflake Bentley in Jericho, eat delicious food in Newport, stroll the lakefront, step across the Canadian border (no passport required) in Derby, see stars, butterflies and bees at the Fairbanks Museum, celebrate dogs at Dog Mountain, browse at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, enjoy a snack or two, and make some new friends along the way!

    Cost is $44 per person, due at time of registration. Participants are responsible for their own food costs and souvenirs. All payments must be received by June 2. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Burnham Library. Read the itinerary here (PDF), or call the library for more information.

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.