Library Hours Expanded

Starting August 3rd, the Library is expanding its hours to be open for browsing, checkout, computer use, and reference services from 10-6 Monday through Thursday and 10-4 Friday and Saturday. Curbside pickup of materials will continue to be available during those hours.

Current Services

  • The building is open to browse and checkout materials. Please keep visits to 30 minutes or less.
  • Public computer access is available on a limited basis. Stop at the concierge desk to be assigned a station. To allow for distancing, assistance with technology will be limited with an option to screen share with library staff.
  • Items can be requested to be held for pick up. Request items through the catalog, using the Library2Go form at, or calling the library at 319-753-1647. Once the materials have been pulled and processed, you will receive notification by your preferred method (text, email or phone) to pickup your materials. You can come in the library to get the items or ask for curbside pickup
  • Curbside Library material checkout runs the same hours as in-building services. Call the library when you arrive and we will bring your items out to you. If you don’t have a cell phone, call before you leave home and give us an estimated time of arrival.
  • Printing is available by using a public computer, downloading the Princh app (Printer ID: 101799), or emailing print requests to Prints can be brought out curbside or picked up at the Help Desk.
  • Classes and events are virtual. Summer reading participants will be contacted for prize pick up in August. You can find the library’s calendar of events on the website or keep up with programs on Facebook.
  • Other services include copying, faxing, scanning, interlibrary loan, materials requests, and opening new library accounts.
  • For returns, please use the drive-thru drop box which is available off Main Street. Using the outside drop box allows us to safely keep all returned materials in one place to be held for at least 72 hours before making them available for checkout again. No fines will accumulate and users can continue to make new requests and checkouts during that time.
  • While the library opened for in-building checkout on July 1, notifications for overdue materials didn’t resume until July 30th. If you have questions or concerns about your fees, we encourage you to connect with us at or call during business hours.
  • Interlibrary borrowing is available. Several libraries around the state are still not open, but staff members will continue to process requests, when possible.
  • The Friends of the Library are accepting donations. Materials may be dropped off in boxes or bags near the Friends Footnote Shop in the library lobby. Larger donations can be accepted by appointment by calling the library.
  • The Footnotes shop is open 10-4 Monday through Saturday.
  • The Digital Library never closes. Stream music, movies, television series, and more on Kanopy and Hoopla for free with your library card. Download ebooks and audio books with Libby and Freading. Check your stocks with Value Line, research hot button topics with GALE Opposing Viewpoints, uncover family history with the Ancestry, or obtain expert guidance on resumes and applications through BrainFuse JobNow.
  • Services currently not available include meeting room use, in-building laptop checkout, and in-person tech support. Seating is limited to computer stations only. All high touch items, such as toys, puppets, tablets, and games, have been removed temporarily.

Health and Safety Precautions

  • The COVID-19 practices of covering coughs and sneezes, regularly washing or sanitizing hands, and staying home if you are sick continue to be important. If you or a member of your household are sick or you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks, we ask that you do not come to the Library.  Contact us about other options to get materials.
  • Social distancing is necessary for the safety of staff and patrons.  We will have signage in the building to remind you and to mark distances. Staff are required to maintain a six foot distance from patrons and coworkers as recommended by the CDC.
  • Staff are required to wear a mask to protect others as recommended by the CDC. We ask users coming into the building to wear a mask and are making masks available at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for users in multiple locations.


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Movies of the Month: July 2020

Burlington Public Library staff have selected a few titles they think you might enjoy streaming for free with your library card. Check out these titles available on Hoopla for your viewing pleasure this summer.

Comedy powerhouse Jim Gaffigan has made a career out of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary with his hilarious yet biting observational style. In his sixth hour comedy special, Gaffigan steers away from the conventional as he is faced with the medical crisis that hit his family this year. Using humor to deal with the unthinkable, Gaffigan proves that indeed, laughter is the best medicine…or is it?

Henry Cole is an acclaimed classical pianist at the twilight of his career. He returns to the stage after a long absence following the death of his wife only to discover that his performance is marred by stage fright and overall mental instability. He barely escapes catastrophe as he suffers an anxiety attack on stage, running outside after finishing a number and smoking a cigarette.

At a post-recital press conference, he meets Helen Morrison, a music critic for The New Yorker. She wants to write a story about him and unsuccessfully asks for an interview. They meet again a few days later at Steinway Hall, where Henry suffers another episode while attempting to perform. Helen joins him on the piano bench, rescuing him, thus earning his trust. Henry finally agrees to the interview.

Meanwhile, despite his agent Paul’s best efforts, Henry’s mental condition declines steadily. His recitals become more and more perilous, thus jeopardizing his comeback tour and his much anticipated and publicized final concert in London.

Henry is urged by Helen to travel to Sils-Maria in the Swiss Alps in order to hear another pianist she once knew, famous for the profound, mind-altering effect of his interpretation of the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Sonata op. 111. At the beginning of his stay, Henry’s symptoms worsen and his final recital is in jeopardy. After some reflection, interacting with the hotel porter, and listening to the Sonata, Henry finally decides to leave and go to London for his recital.

Based on a true story, this riveting western follows a headstrong New York widow (Jessica Chastain) as she journeys west to meet Sioux chief Sitting Bull, facing off with an army officer (Sam Rockwell) intent on war with Native Americans.

These titles are available for free from Kanopy when you stream with your Burlington Public Library card.

Zeroville (2019) - IMDb
Zeroville with James Franco

Vikar is a lost soul journeying through a land of myths, beauty and monsters — Hollywood, 1969. The studio system is in decay, and a new generation of brash filmmakers are on the rise. With his shaved head marked by a tattoo from his favorite film, 1951’s A Place in the Sun, Vikar is a bizarre presence even amid the freaks and dreamers. He finds work first building sets, then as an apprentice editor obsessed with wielding the power of moving images. As his involvement in the creative process deepens, so does his fascination with a tragic screen goddess named Soledad. Together they discover just how hard it is to live in the blurred boundary between reality and fantasy.
I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey

The true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman’s journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, all in the name of love. Happily married and a member of the local police force, Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) is prompted to make dramatic reassessment of his life after a car accident. Realising he is gay, Steven decides to live his life to the fullest.

Sparked by a public display of sexual harassment in 2012, GTFO pries open the video game world to explore a 20 billion dollar industry that is riddled with discrimination and misogyny. Although half of all gamers are women, females are disproportionately subject to harassment and abuse from other gamers, and are massively under-represented in the video game design world.

Through interviews with video game developers, journalists, and academics, GTFO examines the female experience in gaming and begins a larger conversation that will shape the future of the video game world.

If you are not yet in possession of a Burlington Public Library card which grants access to so many wonderful streaming services for free, please connect with us through our online form or visit the library to obtain your card today!

On Display @ the BPL – July 2020

Library staff have collected materials on a variety of topics to pique your interest and enhance your browsing experience while visiting the Burlington Public Library.

Reading Makes Cents

Please forgive our pun. We are just so excited to show off the new Money Matters space which we touched up during the library building’s closure. The area features our financial, job seeking, and professional advancement resources. Find newspapers like Investors Business Daily, our collection of NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) price guides, books on investing (also check out the library’s subscription to Value Line), free handouts on money management, resume templates, small business and entrepreneurial planners, and more!

Take Me Out To the Ballgame

While we wait to learn the uncertain future of our nation’s favorite pastime, you can still check out documentaries, biographies, films, and non-fiction titles about your favorite baseball players and teams. Buy some peanuts and cracker jacks and enjoy virtual resources about baseball too.


In 2020, the United States recognizes the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote with the 19th Amendment. Passed by Congress in August of 1920, the 19th Amendment ended nearly 100 years of protest by guaranteeing women the right to vote. Check out our collection of books and documentaries about this historical process, as well as books about voting, the Continental Congress, and Civil Rights movements throughout our history.

Kensington Cozy Mysteries

Grab a title from our Kensington display and kick back with a cozy mystery. What exactly is a cozy mystery? It is defined as a light, often comedic murder mystery book set in a softer, familiar setting like a bakery, community knitter’s group, or even an unassuming library.

Each book has a Kensington Cozy Mystery punch card which doubles nicely as a book mark. Read 10 books and submit the punch card for a free book. Learn more details here.

Racial Equality

Several patrons have connected with the library to learn more about our resources on racial equality and materials to better inform them for social conversations taking place across the nation. Our racial equality display features picture books, biographies, graphic novels, movies, documentaries, and audio books which explore justice, access, and equity for all members of our community.

Summer Blockbusters

Our DVD/Blu-Ray display is a blast from the past and showcases summer blockbusters we have loved and admired over the years. While social distancing has put a pause on the cinematic experience, you can take the movie theater home with you when you check out from the Burlington Public Library. Stream movies for free with your library card from Kanopy and Hoopla too!

Keep Going. Keeping Growing.

Spring plant sales were up by over 20 percent due to the excess time and limited opportunities created from the global pandemic. The library has your lawn, herb garden, butterfly garden, organic garden, and even your fairy garden covered with books and other materials.

Thanks for stopping in to browse and check out. Let us know if you have a topic you’d like to see on display at your library in the future.

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