General Information

General Information

Our Mission Statement

The Bixby Memorial Free Library, supported by Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, provides opportunities for its five-town community to engage, discover and learn.

The Bixby’s vision is to create a valued and thriving library that sparks delight in the community.

From its earliest days in the back wing of the Chittenden Bank building, the Bixby Memorial Free Library (at that time called the City Library) has steadily increased its collection and services and now holds more than 25,000 volumes.

The general collection includes children’s, young adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction–with many titles from the New York Times best-seller lists. In addition there is Audio Visual material available in DVD and CD . We have a huge selection of Large Print materials. We are a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and offer our members free downloads of eBooks and audios. A selection of local and national newspapers are available for browsing: Burlington Free Press, Addison Independent, New York Times Book Review, Christian Science Monitor, and Seven Days. Reference materials are housed in the Community Room.

For titles unavailable locally, inter-library loan services quickly provide the requested materials from other public, regional, state, college or university libraries. Patrons are suggested to pay for postage for materials from this service. Photo copying is also available. See pricing below.  No public fax available. Other services available:

Universal Class

Universal Class is a new on-line service offered to our Bixby registered patrons. Over 500 courses on a wide variety of subjects is available for free. Students can enroll in up to 5 courses w/ 6 months to finish each course. You may access courses 24/7 via the Internet.  Attend class, do assignments on your personal schedule.  Each course has real instructors who can communicate w / students by email.

These are non-credit courses and provided for personal enrichment.  Courses are not intended as substitution for any state. government, licensing or educational requirements. If you are interested in enrolling in Universal Class, you may register using this live link:

Please type in your entire barcode number.  This Service is brought to you by Recorded Books, Vt. Dept. of Libraries and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Listen Up! Vermont Free Audiobooks & eBooks

The Bixby Library is a member of the Green Mountain Library consortium.  Our patrons are invited to download Audio books and eBooks from the link below at no cost.

Visit the ListenUp site and take the time to read the instructions. Click on Getting Started to access the Quick Start Guide, to see a list of compatible devices: Click on Supported Audio or eBook devices.

To checkout and download you need…

  • A valid plastic library card with barcode
  • Internet access
  • A computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of materials you wish to download
  • Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials available at link listed above

Children age 8 and above as well as teens may sign up.  There are plenty of titles for them to choose from.

Downloading Audio books and eBooks is fun, convenient, and portable~ anywhere, any time!  Enjoy!  If you experience any difficulties visit the Overdrive site for additional support.

Front Porch Forum: Helping Neighbors Connect

Front Porch Forum is a free community-building service.  Your neighborhood’s forum is only open to the people who live there.  It’s all about helping neighbors connect. It’s fun! Join today, what are you waiting for?

Vergennes, and Ferrisburgh are two of 70+ towns/ cities across Vermont offering connection to Front Porch Forum. The Bixby Library was selected as one of the e-Vermont grant recipients in 2011.  Front Porch forum is one of the digital ways our community can keep informed and connected neighbor to neighbor.

Explore Vermont Online Library

Vermont Online Library can be used to search for magazine articles and other information, some of which is in full text. This resource, published by InfoTrac, may be used while in the library or by library patrons at home by entering their Bixby Library Patron card number.  There are databases for adults, teens, children, business people, and those searching for medical information. Some of the magazines available in full text are Time, Newsweek, Consumer Reports and Glamour just to name a few!  This database is available to our registered patrons:

Please check the information in your patron packet or call the library for the password.

Vermont Online is made available due to our eVermont Grant.

Heritage Quest Online

Heritage Quest Online is a free History and Genealogy for our patrons.

Please check the information in your patron packets or call the library 877-2211 to ask for the password.

Photo Collection

Bixby’s Partnership with UVM’s Center for Digital Initiatives allows access of 788 historic photos from our History Room Collection to be available 24/7.Visit collection by using the link below to view our historic slide and photo collection:

Please write your memories about the images in the comments box for us. Thank you.

The photographs in this collection are protected by a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License. You are free to share these works as long as you give appropriate credit, do not use these works for commercial purposes, and do not change them in any way.
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The Bixby WiFi is available 24/7. There are three public access computers for community members and patrons. In addition to the three workstations in the community room we have a patron laptop available for in-house use.  Computers can be reserved for 30 minute sessions. Individuals must register to reserve time at the Customer Service & Circulation Manager’s Desk in the Community Room. Children must have signed permission forms from the library prior to using the Internet. This form is also available upon request at the circulation desk.


Copies are available in black and white as well as color.  Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk to make copies on the Kyocera copier. Photocopies from the patron computers only print in black & white.

Checks may be used made out to: Bixby Memorial Free Library

Black and white:

Letter size (8.5 x 11):  $.15 single-sided or double-sided
Legal size (8.5 x14):  $.15 single-sided or double-sided
Ledger size (11 x 17): $ .25 single-sided or double-sided

Color copies:

Letter size (8.5 x 11):  $.35 single-sided or double-sided
Legal size (8.5 x 14):  $.35 single-sided or double-sided
Ledger size (11 x 17): $ 0.50 single-sided or double-sided

All copies are paid for at time of copying at the Circulation Desk.

Library Cards and Borrowing

Local residents (Addison Northwest School District) may obtain a library card without charge. Children at the age of 8 can get their own library card with parent’s or guardian’s permission and signature. Teens who are 16 years of age can apply for their own library card.  We do not have family cards.

Out of Town Residents may obtain a library card for the annual fee of $30.00.  Annual renewal is due is the one year from your application date.   We do not have family cards.  Fee may be subject to change.

Materials are borrowed for two weeks and renewed upon request. No overdue fines are charged, but contributions to the conscience box are always welcome. Teachers may borrow materials for classroom use for longer time periods. Patrons may place a reserve on circulating materials, and will be notified when material is available for their use.  If you wish to  renew or request an item, please bring the item to the library.  Patrons will be able to do renewals or reserve items remotely through Library World in the future.

Children’s and Youth Programs

Bixby Memorial Free Library provides a range of children’s and young adult programs and services, from weekly preschool story hours at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday during the school year to special events during school vacations and the Summer  Reading Program.

Picture books, easy readers, fiction and nonfiction texts, children’s DVDs, and CDs are available; award winning children’s and young adult books–Newberry, Caldecott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Coretta Scott King , Green Mountain Book Award, etc.–are purchased annually.

Bixby staff welcome class visits from local schools. Homeschooling parents will find support with materials from the general collection and inter-library loan for their curriculum needs. For further information regarding scheduling a class visit, children’s events and / or the summer reading program, go to Children’s Programs in the dropdown menu above  or call and speak with Rachel,  the Youth Services Librarian at 877-2211.


In addition,  volunteers give generously of their time and talents and work several hours every week at Bixby Library. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting at the circulation desk and/or tackling a variety of tasks that are necessary to maintain library services. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call Muir Haman (877-2211)  weekdays during library operating hours. Training will be provided.

Otter Creek Room

Book Sale Room Volunteers are scheduled through a separate coordinator: Karlene Devine from the Friends of the Bixby. Please contact Karlene 877-6392, if you are interested.

Friends of Bixby

The purpose of the Friends of Bixby Library is to raise funds in support of the Library and to provide monies for special programs, services and activities. The Friends are members of the community who volunteer to help out with special projects and ongoing programs that serve the Library mission of learning and education. For more information about joining or volunteering, please call the Friends of the Bixby Chairwoman, Karlene Devine @ 877-6392.


The Bixby Memorial Free Library is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham and the city of Vergennes. Monthly Trustee meetings are held at the library on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Meetings are open to the public.  Parking is available at the back of the library.

Current Trustees are:

Paula Moore, Panton, President

Chris Bradford, Vergennes, Vice President

Donna Corcoran, Waltham, Treasurer

Gail Blasius, Ferrisburgh

Derek Cohen, Waltham

Joy Dobson, Panton

Anthony Duprey, Waltham

Marsha Hoffman, Ferrisburgh

Marjorie London, Ferrisburgh, Secretary

Ed Place, Addison

Silas Towler, Ferrisburgh

Peter Welch, Vergennes


As a general rule the Executive Committee meets the first Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. and the Building Committee meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.