Open Position: Sarah Partridge Branch Librarian

May 15th, 2020

Ilsley is seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic Library Assistant II—Sarah Partridge Branch Librarian. This position is responsible for the collection development and programming at Sarah Partridge Library, providing excellent customer service and a welcoming community space. This position works 11 hours per week (7 at Sarah Partridge, 3 at Ilsley, and 1 hour devoted to transit time and prep). This position works under the direction of the library director.

The successful candidate will have previous library experience, be self-motivated and able to work independently, and will learn new skills as library services evolve. Customer service is a major priority at Sarah Partridge, and we are looking for an outgoing and energetic candidate who will connect with the community.

View the full position description here.

View the full job search announcement here.

Library buildings to close to the public on Wednesday, March 18th

March 16th, 2020

The Ilsley Public Library and Sarah Partridge Library physical buildings will be closed to the public starting on Wednesday, March 18th, until further notice. This decision was made in the interest of public health and to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Even though the library buildings will be closed to the public, many library services will remain uninterrupted:

  • Library staff are still available to help you with reference questions via phone (802-388-4095) and email (
  • The library still provides free wi-fi 24/7, which can be accessed from parts of the upper parking lot and the library garden. Please keep wi-fi sessions to a reasonable time period to provide opportunities for other users. If using wi-fi in the garden, please maintain social distance from others.
  •  The following digital resources are available to library patrons:
    • Use your library card to checkout digital e-books and audiobooks through Overdrive.
    • Use your library card to stream films through Kanopy.
    • Use your library card to access library databases.

If you need help accessing any of the above digital resources, please give us a call (802-388-4095) or email ( As we adapt to the situation, the library staff will be working to make even more services and resources available remotely.  In an effort to further support the community during this time, we are implementing the following changes to our circulation policies, effective Wednesday, March 18th:

  • All items may be renewed over the phone (802-388-4095). There will be no limit on renewals during the library closure.
  • Patrons owing greater than $5.00 in fines will be able to checkout digital materials.
  • Eligible residents who wish to obtain or renew a library card may do so over the phone.
  • As always, the book drop in the garden is open 24/7 for returns.

The library staff and I look forward to continuing to serve the Middlebury community. If you have questions, concerns, or wish to discuss library resources and services, I encourage you to reach out to me at


Dana Hart


Questions about COVID-19?

March 6th, 2020

We recommend these trusted websites for up-to-date and accurate information about COVID-19:

2019 Annual Impact Report

January 14th, 2020

Checkout the library’s 2019 Annual Impact Report to see the activity at Ilsley over the past year and learn about new services and resources!

Ilsley Library 2019 Impact Report

2020 Decennial U.S. Census

January 3rd, 2020

The 2020 Decennial U.S. Census is coming in March. The U.S. Census Bureau will mail a paper questionnaire to your home; for the first time, however, in addition to returning the questionnaire by mail or answering the questions over the phone, you will have the option of completing the Census online. Ilsley Public Library will have computers available for you to complete the Census online. If you have questions or concerns about the Census you can learn more at the Town’s Census information page, or by asking a librarian.

First Wednesday Talk: Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

December 2nd, 2019

Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression.

A program of Vermont Humanities. Held at Wilson Hall.

Learning Express

November 22nd, 2019

Learning Express is a collection of resources designed to help with career development, such as practice materials for occupational exams, college admissions test preparation, learning tutorials for popular software and applications, and much more!

Former Ilsley Librarian Recieves Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education

October 17th, 2019

Joan Robinson, a former Ilsley Public Library staff member, will be recognized by the Vermont Arts Council on October 23 at the Mahaney Center. Congratulations, Joan!

Joan has worked as a teacher, storyteller, actor, cartoonist, librarian, playwright, and—for more than twenty years—adjunct faculty in St. Michael’s Graduate Education Program. As the first education director, then school programs director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, she initiated the organization’s year-round performing arts classes, created “Words Come Alive!” and helped found the Integrated Arts Academy (IAA). She later served as drama coach at IAA. Additional career highlights include creating Ilsley’s Haunted Library, touring Vermont as Ms. Frizzle, and co-writing the play Bigger Than All of Us. Joan continues working happily as a Flynn teaching artist.

Mobile Library at the Farmer’s Market

June 18th, 2019

Ilsley Public Library will be at the Middlebury Farmer’s Market from 9-10:30 am on June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 18th, and October 16th. Stop by our booth to checkout new books, register for a library card, return materials, or just say hello!

Do you have ideas for other places the Mobile Library should visit? Email with suggestions on where we should go next!

How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History

March 25th, 2019

Vermont authors, Elizabeth “Wiz” Dow  and Lucinda Poole Cockrell, co-authors of the book, How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk without Destroying History will speak at the Ilsley Library, Middlebury, VT on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm. Co-sponsored by the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, VT. The talk is free and open to the public.