Library Services & Status Survey

VTLIB is offering a resource to track the current reopening status and services of public libraries in the state. The information is meant to give individual libraries better context from their peers when making their own decisions, as well as to give a broad overview of what is going on.

  • Questions - There are 26 questions, most of which are yes/no or multiple choice.
  • Link to Questionnaire
  • Link to Submitted data (Google Sheets)
    We've updated the spreadsheet to (hopefully) be easier to use. In addition to the default Google Sheets sorting, you can sort by going to the menu and choosing Data -> Filter Views, and choosing from: County, Current Status, Library Name, Population, or Revenue.
    Screenshot of Vermont Online Library
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  • Schedule - We update the spreadsheet every Tuesday afternoon. Any submissions that come in before 2 pm will be included.
  • Updates - Please remember to update us if there is a change to your reported services or status, or if you notice an error. If you have small updates, free to email them to Joshua Muse; if you have larger ones, please submit them through the form. Please note, you can’t update directly in the spreadsheet.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted their information. We encourage all public libraries to submit, even if they are not open.

Summary of Results (8/5/20 - 145 responding)

  • Current status of the library building
    Closed = 2 (1%)
    Staff only = 70 (48%)
    By Appointment = 18 (12%)
    Open = 55 (38%)
  • Current hours as a percentage of full hours (including by appointment hours)
    Average = 66%
  • Are any staff currently laid off or furloughed?
    Yes = 21 (15%)
    No = 122 (85%)
  • Are any volunteers working in the building?
    Yes = 35 (24%)
    No = 110 (76%)
  • If patrons are in the building, is there a time limit for visits?
    Yes = 53 (66%)
    For Some Activities = 7 (9%)
    Cycle Patrons Out = 3 (4%)
    No = 17 (21%)
  • Are you creating virtual programming?
    Yes = 104 (73%)
    No = 39 (27%)
  • Do you offer in-person programming? (includes programs that are outside the building, such as walks, movies, or drive-ins)
    Yes = 49 (34%)
    No = 94 (66%)
  • Do you offer curbside pickup?
    Yes = 138 (97%)
    No = 4 (3%)
  • If you are open to the public, are your stacks open for browsing?
    Open = 61 (78%)
    Some Closed = 9 (12%)
    Closed = 8 (10%)
  • Do you participate in interlibrary loan? If you are only providing interlibrary loan services within your consortium (Catamount, VOKAL), please answer No.
    Yes = 111 (77%)
    No = 33 (23%)
  • Do you offer public WiFi outside of the building?
    Yes = 141 (98%)
    No = 3 (2%)
  • If you are NOT open to the public, do you still offer printing, faxing, scanning, or similar services?
    Yes = 46 (58%)
    No = 34 (43%)
  • Are you allowing patrons to use the library’s public computers – in the building?
    Yes = 59 (43%)
    No = 78 (57%)
  • Are you allowing patrons to use the library’s public computers – outside the building?
    Yes = 32 (26%)
    No = 90 (74%)
  • Are you allowing patrons to use the library’s public computers – checkout for home use?
    Yes = 15 (13%)
    No = 100 (87%)
  • If you are open to the public, do you currently offer meeting space?
    Yes = 13 (14%)
    No = 71 (76%)
    Don’t Have Meeting Space = 9 (10%)
  • What is your patron mask policy?
    Required = 98 (89%)
    Suggested = 10 (9%)
    No Guidance = 1 (1%)
  • Do you offer masks for patron use?
    Yes = 76 (68%)
    No = 35 (32%)