CVUUS Library provides books, media, and other resources to support and enrich:
- Understanding of Unitarian Universalist beliefs, history, worship, and practice
- The spiritual growth of individual members and friends at all ages and stages of religious exploration
- The ministries, programs, purposes, and activities of the congregation
Library Locations and Policies
Our church library has three locations. Children’s library materials are currently in Fenn House chapel. Our adult library collection is in the sanctuary meeting room, continued in the blue room on the ground floor. All collections feature materials on a wide range of UU-relevant topics, including books published by the UUA’s own Skinner House and Beacon Press, and books by UU authors.
Our library materials selection policy is here. Library resources are available for all CVUUS members, friends, and staff to use. Books may be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed if not on hold for another person. Although there are no overdue fines, lost or severely damaged materials must be paid for at replacement cost.
CVUUS Library Catalog
Access our library catalog ONLINE HERE. Or download the “LibraryWorld Search” app from your app store. After installing it, select the Info button and Library Name option. The library name is cvuus library. No password required.
See Reading Lists for Children and Adults for recommended reading on a range of topics. The lists include books and media available from CVUUS Library as well as reading guides from the Unitarian Universalist Association, the UUA’s Beacon Press (not to be confused with Beacon Hill Press), and other UU sources.
Library Wish Lists
We welcome the donation of specific books and media to strengthen our library. OUR BOOK WISH LIST IS HERE. Sortable and searchable by author, title, and subject tag, it shows books that we don’t currently have but that would be wonderfully enriching for CVUUS Library and readers. Children’s books are sturdier and longer-lasting in hardcover bindings. Either paperback or hardcover bindings are fine for adult and young adult books. The Vermont Book Shop or other local bookstore can order in-print books. Donations of used books in “like new” or “very good” condition are also welcome. BookFinder.com or AddAll.com can help you locate used and out-of-print titles. We also welcome donations of equipment and supplies, including:
- iPads, Kindles, Nooks to establish a circulating library of UU-relevant e-books.
- Small laptops, Apple/Mac preferred, for library catalog access in Fenn House and ground floor locations.
Financial contributions toward constructing bookshelves in the blue room and child-friendly book display carts are also gratefully received. See also CVUUS’s more general wish list, associated with our ground floor project.
Support Our Library Via Amazon Smile
Amazon shoppers: Please consider starting your Amazon shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0312369 to designate Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society as the beneficiary, with all proceeds used to support the CVUUS library. As always, we encourage support of local stores but if you can’t find what you need locally, you can still have a local impact by supporting CVUUS via Amazon Smile. Questions? Contact Artley Wolfson.
Book Sale Cart
CVUUS maintains a small cart of books for sale, including hymnals, books from the UUA bookstore, and a few other titles, used and new. We can also order materials for you from the inSpirit Book and Gift Shop, the UUA’s bookstore.
Need Help Or Want to Volunteer?
If you have questions, suggestions, need help locating materials, or would like to be a library volunteer, contact Artley Wolfson via the CVUUS office. We have a particular need for people who would be interested in managing our library system online, actively promoting our library in various ways, and/or staffing a small book sale cart.
Library Team Resources
CVUUS Library management resources are here.