Our Mission Statement
The Bixby Memorial Free Library, supported by Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, is dedicated to fulfilling the diverse literary and cultural needs of these communities. The Library promotes reading and learning as lifelong activities by providing a wide range or resource materials, programming and outreach and by preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the area.
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, VHS, and CD . A selection of local and national newspapers are available for browsing in the Community Room: Burlington Free Press, Addison Independent, New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and Seven Days. Reference materials are also housed in the Community Room.
For titles unavailable locally, interlibrary 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 for .20 per page. (B&W). No public fax available.
The Bixby WiFi is available during library hours.There are three public access computers for community members and patrons. They can reserved for 30 minute sessions, individuals must register to reserve time at the circulation desk. 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. Printed copies are .20 each, and may be paid at the circulation desk.
The second floor Museum contains an eclectic collection of items ranging from Native American artifacts to model gunboats from Lake Champlain.