How is the library funded?
The library relies on appropriations from Barre City and Barre Town to support roughly half its operating costs each year. Most other Vermont libraries in towns of our size receive 85% of their operating costs from municipal appropriations.
For the rest of our yearly funding, Aldrich relies on the generous support of local clubs, companies, and individuals who contribute in many ways, both financial and in-kind.
A small trust also supplements our budget, however we have been drawing down its principle to make ends meet each year which is unsustainable in the long run. Of the ten large libraries in Vermont serving a population over 10,000, Aldrich has by far the lowest per capita support: just $14.51 per person. Vermont state average for towns our size is $37.50.
Your help is needed and very welcome! Contact the library at 476-7550 for more information about giving.
Monetary gifts are often given in honor of birthdays and anniversaries or to honor the memory of a loved one.
Donated books, both new and used, are accepted throughout the year and are added to our collection or placed in the Friends’ Book Sale.