We are currently accepting fiction and non-fiction books in good condition.  Please watch this space as we may need to suspend donations if we are unable to hold sales, and our storage area becomes filled with your generous donations.

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It is an honor to lead an institution with exciting public programming, a thriving collection, and a passionate staff. 

Libraries are at their best when they listen and respond to the needs of their communities. It is our job to provide resources and services to Middlebury, and it is up to you to determine what those resources and services should be. I am eager to learn from you and invite each of you to stop by my office, write me an email, or give me a call to share your thoughts. I am always happy to discuss the library’s current and future goals, and look forward to achieving them together.

Kind regards,

Dana Hart

Director, Ilsley Public Library

802.388.4098  |


The Board of the Friends of the Ilsley Public library is launching a campaign to increase our membership.  We are calling this campaign “What are Friends For?”.  

The Friends of the Ilsley Public library was born on January 6, 1967, when ten women from the Middlebury Woman’s Club met to form a Friends of the Middlebury Library Association.  Over the following fifty-five years, the Friends of the Ilsley Public Library has held true to their commitment to advocate for and support the Library.  Membership fees, donations and book sales have been the basis of our funding support. As was stated in a May 2007 Friends newsletter, “The friends of the library support the activities, projects, and programs that help make Ilsley Public Library an outstanding community resource.” This mission remains the same today.

The Friends work provides funding for programming not included in the town’s library budget. During the last fifteen years, over $270,000.00 has been contributed to the Library through the Friends. Some of these programs include:

  • free community access to the First Wednesday lecture series
  • coverage of library card fees for out-of-town residents who are unable to pay, 
  • books for babies, toddlers and early readers, a  project of the Imagination Library sponsored by Dolly Parton,
  • materials for the “make and take” craft programs in youth services 
  • Speakers for both children and adults
  • Story time needs
  • Museum passes
  • Photo contest and program   

The expression “What are Friends for” is often said to the friend who has thanked you for doing something special for them. We are thanking you for doing something special for our community through your annual donation to the Friends.  

Please help us reach our goals by reaching out to friends and family who might be interested in joining us as a Friend.