Is a library card required?
All visitors to the Library building are welcome to browse, relax, read, use the wireless internet service, find help with reference questions, search the online databases, and use the Local History collection for research. But a library card allows access to a wider range of services, including:
- Borrowing materials
- Interlibrary Loan
- Remote access to databases
- Downloadble e-books, e-audio, and streaming video
- Sessions on the Library's public access computers
Kinds and Costs of Library Cards
- Brattleboro Resident Card, for anyone who lives or owns a business in Brattleboro: FREE
- Student Card, for a student in grades 7 though 12 who lives out of town but attends school in Brattleboro (limit 3 checkouts at a time): FREE
- Temporary Resident Card, for residents in specific temporary locations in Brattleboro, including motels, the Brattleboro Retreat, Phoenix programs, and others: FREE. Signed certificate of residency required. Please visit the circulation desk to consult our list of temporary Brattleboro residences.
- Nonresident Card, for borrowers who do not live in or have a business in Brattleboro: $32 for six months, $62 for one year, or $110 for two years. Additional members of household: $5 each per year. In accordance with policy of the Library Board of Trustees, the nonresident fee never exceeds the amount of tax support, per capita, provided to the Library by Brattleboro taxpayers.
Fee to replace a lost borrower card in any of the above categories: $.50
- Computer User Card, for computer sessions only: FREE, but higher replacement cost if card is lost (see note below). Voluntary donations are encouraged and appreciated. Patrons with borrower cards use those to access computers; a separate computer card is not needed.
Fee to replace a lost computer user card: $2.00
How to Sign Up
In general, you must sign up in person at the Library, and you will receive your card right away. Young people under 16 (including students applying for a Student Card) need the signature of a parent or guardian and should sign up in the Children's Room; however, the card can be used anywhere in the library. Library users who are 16 or older should sign up at the adult circulation desk on the first floor.
If you are a Brattleboro resident and would like to sign up for your free card, we will request documentation of your residency in Brattleboro. Here are some forms of proof we will accept:
- Valid driver’s license with current home address
- Utility bills with the current home address
- Property tax statement
- Fish & Game license with current home address.
- Bank check printed with current home address
- Letters mailed to applicant at current home address
- Voter registration
- Rent receipt or lease agreement with current home address
For complete information on library card sign-up requirements for residents, nonresidents, and business owners, see our Library Card Guidelines.
For More Information
The Welcome to Your Library pamphlet tells more about the privileges and rules of library membership, including loan periods, numbers of items you may check out, and other services you can access with your card.