At the Library

Library Card – Your Key to the Kingdom

Library cards are free and available to everyone.  Parents, or guardians, must sign the application for children under the age of 16. You must bring with you some type of address verification such as a drivers license, printed checks, lease, utility bill, etc.

Download the application here (PDF) and bring the completed application along with your address verification to the front desk to get your library card. Or just come to the library and request a card.

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary loans make it possible for us to get a book for you from another library when we don’t have it ourselves.

You can email your request for a book. Include the title and author of the book, your name and phone number, and any time constraints you may have to

We ask that you pick up the book within one week of our letting you know it has arrived. The books are checked out for three weeks. Ill books can not be renewed unless a request to do so is made a week before the book is due, to allow us time to ask the lending library for permission.

If a book is requested but never picked up there is a $3 fine.

While we do not charge overdue fines on our books, often the library is charged a fine by the lending library for books that are late. In this case, you will be charged for the fine.

Museum and Park Passes

We are proud to offer an opportunity for patrons to visit many parks and museums for free or reduced/low cost. Passes can be checked out for three days and must be returned to the library. Many of the passes were complimentary from the park or museum*, but others were donated by a grant in memory of Roger and Margery Hanson**. Passes include:

American Precision Museum* in Windsor (website) – Admits up to 2 adults and children under 18 years of age, free of charge
Bennington Museum** in Bennington (website) – Admits 2
Clark Art Institute* in Williamstown, MA (website) – Admits 1 adult
Echo Leahy Center* in Burlington (website) – Reduced admission to $7/person for up to 4 people
Hildene** in Manchester (website) – Admits 1 adult and 2 children/grandchildren
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum* in Vergennes (website) – Free family admission from late May through mid-October
MASS MoCA** in North Adams, MA (website) – Admits up to 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years of age)
Shelburne Farms* in Shelburne (website) – Admits up to 2 adults and children for admission to walking trails and Children’s Farmyard (excludes property tours)
Vermont History Museum* in Montpelier (website)
Vermont Heritage Galleries* in Barre (website)
Vermont Institute of Natural Science** in Quechee (website) – Reduced admission to $5/ person for 4 people. Children 3 & under are free.
Vermont Historic Sites (seasonal availability) (website has complete listing of sites) – Family pass (up to 8 people in one vehicle) for free entry into sites
Vermont State Parks (seasonal availability) (website has complete listing of parks) – Free entry to park day use (up to 8 people in one vehicle)
Wonderfeet Kid’s Museum** in Rutland (website) – Admits 2 adults and 3 children (under 18 years of age)

Home School/Teacher Aids

For homeschool and teachers aids we have:

Book Links magazine with curriculum related articles and book reviews.
The Mailbox, an idea magazine for teachers.


The Mailbox: An idea magazine for teachers


We have learning kits such as Insects, Seasons & Weather, Health & Nutrition, The Power of Science and Electricity.

We have a microscope, a globe, rhythm instruments, Teaching Tiles, a reading readiness center and lots more. The Librarian will also give tutorials on using the library and reference, if desired.

We also have a great selection of Book Express Boxes. These are bins made up with books and items around a central theme – Art, Folktales, Senses, Transportation and Night – just to mention a few.

Book Sale

Martha’s Used Books

Community House

Our book sale is in the Arlington Community House located at 3854 historic Route 7A, across from St James Church. We offer a wide selection of very affordable books for all ages. Our shelves include fiction and nonfiction along with vintage and antique titles. We offer many books on Vermont, with well-stocked children’s and young adult sections, too. Stop by to find your treasure.


Summer hours – Memorial Day through October:

Friday 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday 10am to 4 pm
Sunday 12pm to3pm
Winter hours: Saturday 12pm to 3pm

Can’t make those hours? Contact us at to make an
appointment. Year-round, we have book sale items in the library itself, so be sure to visit both locations!

If you wish to donate books for our sale, please call the library or check at the library front
desk to see if we are currently accepting donations. We can not take books that are moldy or
that smell musty. It costs us to get rid of these books, so please don’t include them in your
donation. We also can not accept encyclopedias, textbooks, National Geographic magazines,
old travel guides or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.


Copier & Printer

Copies and printouts are $0.15 per sheet. The copier/printer will print on both sides, the charge for a double sided copy is $0.30. It only prints in black & white on letter and legal size paper. Color prints are available on the Brother printer and are $0.20. Wifi printing is also available.


Our computers may be used, free of charge. The building has wi-fi connection. Video conferencing is available by appointment.


The Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC) provides access to eBooks and Audio Books for Martha Canfield Library Card Holders. Browse and sign up by clicking the link above.





Learn a Language

Learning a new language is now availalbe to all cardholders at Mango Languages. This is one of the highest rated language learning programs. Just click on the link above. You can create your own account or use the site as a guest by clicking on that link and signing on with your library card number. Bonne chance.

Take A Class

Learning is a lifelong pleasure. Pick from multiple courses. Saftisfy your Continuing Education requirements. Universal Class and your library card are the key to continued learning at Universal Class. To access Universal Class you will need to reformat your barcode to 2VSNA900XXXXXX. Just replace the six X’s with the last six characters of your barcode.

Check it out today.

News Archives

Once again your library card is a magical key to the world of information by granting you access to Magazine and Newspaper Archives. Just click the icons below.


Vermont Online Library

Search for articles and reference materials through the state’s Gale database. Click here for the Vermont Online Library