Library Access & Borrowing

Library Use

Castleton students, faculty, administrators and staff are the primary users of the library. People who are not members of the University community are welcome to use all in-house resources, including computers and internet access. They may also register as "guest borrowers" and receive guest borrower cards. See Guest Borrowers for details of guest borrower privileges and responsibilities. Faculty from other Vermont colleges and the University of Vermont are entitled to reciprocal borrowing privileges: see VCAL - Reciprocal Borrowing for details. Retired Castleton faculty, staff, administrators are entitled to the same library privileges as current employees.  

Individual and Group Study Rooms

There are 10 individual study rooms on the second floor. Students may check out a key to one of these rooms at the circulation desk. Five group study rooms are available: two of the rooms are first come, first served and three of the rooms can be reserved in advance.

Archives and Rare Books

Those wishing to access our Archival Collections should contact Appointments should be made to use our Rare Book collection - contact or schedule an appointment with a librarian.

Video Carrels

Four video carrels are available for in-house viewing of videos on both VHS and DVD. Patrons may check out a set of key/headphones/remote control at the circulation desk.

Borrowing Limits & Loan Periods 

Students & Staff
Books & Periodicals Limit: 25 Loan Period: 45 days
DVDs Limit: 5 Loan Period: 14 days
CDs Limit: 5 Loan Period: 28 days
CDs - Music Limit: 5 Loan Period: 2 weeks
USBs and Calculators Limit: 1 Loan Period: 2 weeks
Headphones Limit: 1 Loan Period: 4 hours in-library
Reserves Limit: 1 Loan Period: 4 hours in-library
Books & Periodicals Limit: -- Loan Period: 1 semester
DVDs Limit: -- Loan Period: 14 days
CDs Limit: 5 Loan Period: 28 days
CDs - Music Limit: 5 Loan Period: 14 days
USBs and Calculators Limit: 1 Loan Period: 3 days
Headphones Limit: 1 Loan Period: 4 hours in-library
Reserves Limit: 1 Loan Period: 4 hours in-library
Books & Periodicals Limit: 10 Loan Period: 28 days
DVDs Limit: 1 Loan Period: 3 hours in-library
CDs Limit: 5 Loan Period: 28 days
CDs - Music Limit: 5 Loan Period: 14 dayss
USBs and Calculators Limit: 1 Loan Period: 3 days
Headphones Limit: 1 Loan Period: 4 hours in-library

Calvin Coolidge Library may, at its discretion, limit a patron's ability to check out further items until all overdue items on that patron's account are returned. 

My Account

You may view the status of your library account from the Library Catalog. Select "Log in to your account" at the top right. You will see a list of items you checked out and when they are due. If you need items longer, you can renew them before the due date arrives.


Items may be renewed a maximum of three times. To renew, you may call the Circulation Desk at (802) 468-1256, renew from the Library Catalog (click "Log in to your account" at the top right), or bring the item to the Circulation Desk. If you need to use an item beyond the renewal limit , you must bring it to the library to extend the loan period.

Reserve Materials

Books, articles, and videos may be placed on reserve by class instructors for specific courses each semester. The circulation of these items is limited and reserves are shelved at the circulation desk for quick access by students in the course. Most reserve materials may be borrowed for four hours at a time and must stay in the library. A complete list of reserve materials for each course is available in the Library Catalog by clicking on Course Reserves under the search box. Reserve materials that are lost or damaged will incur replacement and processing fees.

Book Returns

Books may be returned either to the circulation desk or to the drop box outside the front doors of the library. Please return AV materials to the circulation desk only.


A hold may be placed on an item that is checked out to another patron. When the item is returned, it will be held for the person who placed the hold. Items awaiting pickup will only be held at the Circulation Desk for one week.  Ask for assistance at the circulation desk to place a hold.

Overdue materials

When an item is one week overdue, the library sends a notice requesting its return. A second notice is sent when an item is 14 days overdue. If materials are not returned 35 days after the date due, the borrower is billed the cost of the item plus a $10 processing fee for each item.

A hold will be placed on the accounts of students with extensive library fines or outstanding books. A student with a hold will be unable to register for classes, receive an official transcript, or receive a diploma until their account is resolved. Guest borrowers with delinquent accounts will not be allowed to check out any more materials until their account is resolved.

Lost or Damaged Items

Patrons who lose items, or damage an item sufficiently to require replacement, will be charged the price of the item plus a $10 processing fee.

Guest Borrowers

Stop at the circulation desk to register as a guest borrower. You will be issued a bar-coded library card. Please remember to bring your card with you when you come to the library. You will need it to check out items or to use some in-house items such as DVDs. Please be sure to notify the library of any change of address.

Guest borrowers are entitled to nearly the same borrowing privileges as members of the university community.  Reference materials, periodicals, and DVDs may only be used in the library.

Library books may be renewed once. Renewals may be handled over the phone by calling the Circulation Desk at (802) 468-1256. It is your responsibility to return all materials to the library in a timely manner. Failure to do so will result in late fines and a possible suspension of borrowing privileges. You are expected to pay replacement costs plus processing fees for lost and damaged materials.

Because of the time and expense involved, the library cannot process interlibrary loan requests for guest borrowers. Please feel free to use our Ask a Librarian service for assistance in researching a topic, locating a specific item, or using any of the library's research tools.

Financial contributions are gratefully accepted. If you appreciate the services that Calvin Coolidge Library offers at no cost please consider making a contribution to the library. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be used to support library collections and services. 

InterLibrary Loans

Materials borrowed from other libraries may be picked up and dropped off at the circulation desk. See Interlibrary Loans for further details.

Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries (VCAL)- Reciprocal Borrowing

Registering as a VCAL Borrower

Faculty and staff from other Vermont colleges are welcome to use Calvin Coolidge Library. VCAL visitors who wish to borrow material while at Castleton should bring your VCAL card and your home institution ID to the circulation desk. A Castleton barcode will be placed on your VCAL card.

Castleton faculty and staff who wish to use other Vermont academic libraries need to register as a VCAL participant.


VCAL borrowers are awarded "Guest Borrower" privileges at Castleton. Guest borrowers are entitled to nearly the same borrowing privileges as members of the university community.  Reference materials, periodicals, and DVDs may not be checked out.


Items may be returned to Calvin Coolidge Library or to the borrower's home institution library. If you return Castleton items to your home institution library, please be sure to tell library staff that the items belong to Castleton.


Guest borrowers may renew an item once if it has not been requested by another patron. Call the Circulation Desk at (802) 468-1256 to renew by phone.

Overdue Items

Overdue notices will be sent to borrowers, either electronically or through regular mail.

Lost Items

Bills for replacement and processing of items that are not returned will be sent to the borrower. If a borrower does not respond appropriately, the borrower's home institution library will be billed for the unreturned items.


For questions regarding VCAL policies, please contact