Our collection includes: adult fiction, nonfiction, reference, large print, and a parenting collection. Also available are picture books, easy readers, media kits, juvenile fiction, and nonfiction. Search the catalog from the "Things to do" menu item on the left.
Materials for people with visual disabilities may be requested from the Special Services Unit of the Vermont Department of Libraries.
The Williston Observer in print format July 2003-present. The Burlington Free Press (most recent three months). The Champlain Business Journal (1996-present). The Wall Street Journal (most recent three months). The New York Times Sunday edition (most recent).
We have more than 500 subscriptions of magazines that circulate. Back issues are generally kept for 1 year. VOL (Vermont Online Library) provides access to many journal/magazine articles electronically. A journal title search will show full-text availability. We also offer over 3,000 electronic magazines for Dorothy Alling Library patrons through LUV(Overdrive).
Audiobooks on CD, MP3, Playaway and downloadable
We have an extensive collection of audiobook titles, some are abridged although we try to provide the unabridged version whenever possible. We offer adult and juvenile fiction, nonfiction, parenting and language lessons for your use. We are also a member of LUV (Overdrive), and Hoopla which provide downloadable audiobooks and e-books.
We have a collection of over 2,500 adult and juvenile DVD's, including some PBS series, Vermont history and classic movies on DVD's. Our DVD purchasing policy may be found here. We also offer a streaming service, Hoopla, which allows Dorothy Alling Library patrons access to online videos.
A variety of over 650 music CD's are available for check out in the Adult Reading Room and in the Living Room area near the children's section. Downloadable music is also available on Hoopla for Dorothy Alling Library patrons,
In order to share our resources, no more than one LaunchPad, four media kits, four audio materials, and four visual media per format will be loaned per patron. Three active interlibrary loans are allowed per patron at a time. The library may limit patrons to no more than five books on one subject or by one author. Our Loan Period & Fine Policy can be found here.
Telescope **Due to COVID restrictions this is currently not on loan**
Thanks to a generous donation by Terry Zittritsch, the library has acquired an Orion Starblast 4.5 inch Astro Reflector telescope through the Vermont Astronomical Society's Library Loaner Telescope program. The Orion is a steady and rugged telescope that can be used outside and transported in your car - putting it on the floor or using a seatbelt may be a good idea. Dew or condensation will not damage the telescope but may blur the image. It is best to store the telescope inside when not in use. Lending rules may be found here. Please allow 30 minutes for check out/check in time.
Vermont and Williston Books
The Vermont Historical Room is the home of the Williston Historical Society and houses historical books as well as displays of historical interest. Much of this material must be used in this room. The town history of Williston by Willard Sterne Randall and Nancy Nahra, published by the Williston Historical Society and entitled Thomas Chittenden's Town: A Story of Williston Vermont is available for sale at the circulation desk.
The History of Williston Central School, 1950-2000 and North Williston: Down Depot Hill by Richard Allen are also available for sale.
Call 878-4918, email or come into the Library with your questions and research needs. Computers are available with Internet access, Microsoft Office 2010, CD burning, scanning and more along with access to the Vermont Online Library (VOL) which is an electronic database of newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, reference books and many other resources.
We also have Consumer Reports in magazine format, the Wall Street Journal, Burlington Free Press in paper format along with many reference materials in our collection.
Check out the Research section on the top menu for other reference assistance.