Library Cards and Borrowing

Library Cards

The Bixby Memorial Free Library offers free library cards to residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes, and Waltham, Vermont. Children under the age of 16 are eligible for a library card but must have the signature of a parent or guardian. The Bixby offers library cards for several patron categories based on residence and other factors. Different renewal dates may apply to some categories. The Bixby does not offer family cards, and encourages individual cards to protect the confidentiality of our patrons. To receive a card, please ask at the Circulation desk, present an ID or current piece of mail with your address, and you will be given a card application form and a new card that will work that day!

Seasonal residents of the five towns may apply for a library card free of charge. Patrons residing outside of the five towns served by the Bixby may obtain a library card for an annual fee of $30, payable at the circulation desk via cash or check. The Bixby is a Homecard library and accepts valid library cards from other participating Vermont libraries. Check the list of Homecard library participants here. You must have your physical library card from your home library to set up a Homecard account at the Bixby.

Materials are borrowed for two weeks and can be renewed twice. No overdue fines are charged, but contributions to the conscience box are always welcome. If an item is lost or damaged, we ask that patrons pay the cost of the item so the library can replace it. Educators within the five towns may borrow materials for classroom use for longer time periods. Please let the staff know if you require a teacher’s account.

All library cards have expiration dates, which vary based on type of account. To renew your library card, simply visit the library in person and confirm your account details.

For further information about library cards at the Bixby, feel free to read our Circulation Policy.

Using Your Online Account

After you receive a library card, patrons have access to their account online. Go to the our catalog from the Bixby home page, and click Login in the upper right. Your user name is the bar code on your library card, and the last 4 digits on the card are your initial password. You can change the password. If you forget your password click “Forgot Password” in the login screen, enter your user name,  and your password will be emailed to you. If this does not work, please call the library (802-877-2211) and we can reset your information.

Patrons may place a reserve on items. Login to our catalog, then search to see if the Bixby has a copy of the item you want, if you find it you should see a “Place a Hold” option that you can click. A reserve for an item available on the shelf will send the library an alert, once the staff have pulled the item off the shelf you will be called or emailed to inform you the item is waiting for you on our hold shelf.  A reserve for an item that is currently checked out will sit until the item is returned and if you are the next patron on the list for the item, you will be called or emailed to inform you the item is waiting for you on our hold shelf. If you do not want to place a hold on an item yourself, you are welcome to call us (802-877-2211) and our staff will place the hold for you.

Patrons may renew items they currently have checked out. Login to our catalog, click you name in the upper right, and under “Your Transactions” click “Items Out”. You can view the items you have checked out and choose which ones you would like to renew.  You only have two renewals before an item must be returned. If there is a hold on the item, you will not be allowed to renew it. If the item is an Inter-library Loan, you will not be allowed to self renew it, please call  (802-877-2211) to request to see if a renewal is possible. If you do not want to renew an item yourself, you are welcome to call us and our staff will renew it for you.

Inter-Library Loans

If the Bixby does not own a copy of the material you want, we may be able to borrow it for you via inter-library loan. This free service enables us to borrow books from libraries around Vermont and, in some cases, nation-wide. To place an inter-library loan request, visit the circulation desk. You will be asked to fill out a request slip. Inter-library loans generally take around a week to arrive at the Bixby, but may take longer. You will receive a phone call or email when the item has arrived. Renewals of inter-library loans are at the discretion of the home library and must be arranged through the Bixby’s circulation staff.