Collection and Services

The Platt Memorial Library offers a wide variety of collections and services for any and all.

A valid library card is required to borrow items outside of the building. If you would like to sign-up for a library card online, use this form: Library Card Sign Up

Collections

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction in a variety of topics and genres including mysteries, romance, historical, and popular fiction. Nonfiction includes biographies, medical, cookbooks, how-to-do-it books for a variety of topics, parenting books, poetry, sports, military and social history. We also have an expanding Vermont Collection of books that have specific, local interest.

Large Print collection which features predominantly fiction titles. This collection also includes a rotating set of books on loan from the state.

Youth fiction and nonfiction that both reflects our community and shows a window to the wider world. We offer board books, picture books, leveled readers (for learning readers), easy reader books (with a simple set of words), beginning chapter books (for newly independent readers), chapter books, and young adult fiction.

Graphic novels (sometimes known as comic books) for adults and youth. Our youth collection is growing and has almost 200 titles.

We offer audiobooks on CD for adults and youth of all ages. These collections are predominantly fiction, but include selections for our youngest picture book readers.

DVDs  of new and classic movies for adults and youth.

Magazines on a variety of topics–for browsing or taking home.

Puzzles for checking out. We also always have a puzzle out on our puzzle table–come put a few pieces in!

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks are always available with your library card through our ListenUp Vermont account.

Our collections focus on what circulates through our library– we don’t have the room to be an archive, unfortunately. If there’s ever a title we don’t have, let us know at the circulation desk, and we’ll borrow it from another library for you through the Inter-Library Loan program.

If you have a suggestion of something to add to our collection, please use this form: Online Suggestion Form

Borrowing at the Orwell Free Library

Residents of Shoreham are able to get a library card (with full borrowing privileges) from the Orwell Free Library in Orwell, thanks to our reciprocal borrower agreement. This document, signed by both boards, combines our ability to serve you! Orwell Free Library is open Tuesdays from 11am-7pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm, Fridays from 11am-4pm, and Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Check out their website: Orwell Free Library.

Services

Here at the Platt Memorial Library, we’re in the information services industry. Whatever your information need is…

  • How do I get to a local landmark?
  • What times are the post office open?
  • What’s the phone number for the elementary school?
  • What book is next in this series?
  • Can you recommend a good mystery?
  • What’s a good kids’ book about dinosaurs?
  • What kind of books might be good for my struggling reader?
  • Who starred in that latest movie?
  • How do I find out about raising poultry?
  • What were the major battles of the French and Indian War?
  • How do I cook celeriac?

…we’re here to help! If we can’t find the answer, we’ll do our best to point you towards a source that can answer your question.

We offer a wide range of databases through Gale— Search for magazines, newspapers, periodicals, academic journals, business resources, biographies, foreign language learning software, encyclopedia entries for adults and kids, and more. This information is authoritative and extensively maintained to be accurate. Enter your library barcode (all the numbers and letters, no spaces, ALL UPPERCASE) to use these great resources!

Free, public access internet through one of our public machines or our WiFi. Our WiFi is on 24/7, so you can use the internet even when the library is closed.

Microsoft Office suite, featuring Word (for creating documents), Excel (for creating spreadsheets), PowerPoint (for creating presentations), and Publisher (for creating posters and cards). We’re also available to help you learn to use these programs, as we’re able, whether you’re working on a resume or a letter. For more intensive instruction, please make an appointment by calling the library (897-2647) or stopping by.

Printing, copying, and scanning: Scanning is always free. Printing and copying is free for your first 3 black and white pages. After that point the cost is 10¢ a page for black and white; 50¢ a page for color.

Home-away-from-home office work space: Need a quiet spot to check your email? A small meeting room? A place to spread out? We’re here to help! We’re also happy to provide you with a stapler, tape, hole punch, or paperclips, if that helps what you’re working on.

On-the-fly tech help: Printing from the internet? Trying to fill out a form online and struggling? Not sure how to do something? Our helpful and knowledgeable staff will work with you to make sure you get what you need to done.

Tax forms for both state and federal filing: If we don’t have it, we’re happy to print it off for you–for free!

Meeting space for your events or groups: Talk to Abby to see about using the library when we’re not open.

Platt Memorial Library
802-897-2647
HOURS:
Monday: 10 – 6
Wednesday: 10 – 6
Thursday: 12 – 7
Saturday: 9 – 1