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

  • Computers - Our public computers are up and running, though scanning is not currently functional. We appreciate your patience.
  • Gingerbread House Contest - Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's contest, and to all of you who voted! If you haven't seen, here the official results (PDF). We hope to see all of you again next year!

Upcoming Programs

  • Solar Energy Presentation - Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 6 pm. Curious about solar? Join Jake Elliott from SunCommon at the Colchester Meeting House.
  • Anime Club - Friday, Jan. 27 at 4:30 pm. Kon'nichiwa anime and manga fans! Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 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. Register
  • Teen Movie Night - Friday, Jan. 20 at 6 pm. FREE movie and popcorn and beverages. Plus comfy seating. Teenage humans only in grades 6-12. Sign up
    and vote for what we watch! Register
  • Common Books: Girl Powered – Monday, Jan. 23 at 5:30 pm. One of these books is not like the others…but they’ve all got something in common. We’ll be reading and reviewing Girl-Powered Fiction this month to choose the best book. Read any one or all of the titles on the list (seriously, no pressure) and we’ll pick apart and vote for our favorite. Books are on display in the YA department and the list is online on the YA page. Such bookish endeavors require the eating of many snacks. We will eat snacks and discuss and geek out. Teens grades 6-12.
  • Escape RoomAdults Escape the Library: Back to the Future! – Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 pm & 7 pm. Sign up for a library escape room session themed for a sci-fi classic*! Limited space due to the nature of the game. Not sure what we’re up to, ask library staff! They’ve just escaped from an iconic holiday movie* not so long ago! *Titles redacted to comply with copyright law. We’re fairly certain you’ll figure it out.

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.