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. Currently, to receive a card, please email your Full name, Address,  and Phone Number to ashley.bolger@bixbylibrary.org or call (802) 877 – 2211.

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 our catalog from the Bixby home page, and click Login in the upper right. Your username is the barcode on your library card, this is the full code (letters and numbers) on the back of your library card. Please note this barcode starts with the number “2” and the letters “VSQI”. The default password for your account with either be “userpass” or the last 4 digits of your library card barcode. If your password is one of the defaults, we recommend changing your password to make your account more secure. If you forget your password click “Forgot Password” in the login screen, enter your full library barcode including the letters as your username, and a password reset will be emailed to you. If this does not work, please call the library (802-877-2211) or email ashley.bolger@bixbylibrary.org 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 Account” 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.