Library Mission and Administration

Library Mission Statement

Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society Library provides a wide variety of UU-relevant books, media, and related services to support, enrich, and extend:

  • The ministries, programs, purposes, and activities of the congregation
  • Understanding of Unitarian Universalist beliefs, history, worship, and practice
  • The spiritual growth of individual members and friends at all ages and stages of religious learning and exploration


  • CVUUS Library is managed by volunteers, members and friends, who are interested in books, reading, faith development, and sharing information about Unitarian Universalism. Library enthusiasts welcome! We have a particular need for volunteers who could (1) assist in managing our online library system, (2) help with book preparation, circulation, and re-shelving, (3) promote library use in various ways, (4) staff a small book sale cart, or (5) help organize CVUUS archival material. Orientation and support available.
  • Library and Reading Lists, about CVUUS Library
  • Professional Ethics for people working in libraries (ALA, American Library Association)

Collection Development

CVUUS Policies and Procedures

Collection Development Resources

Unitarian Universalist Specific Materials

* Books usually available through InSpirit UUA Book Shop

Book, Media Awards
Professional Book and Media Reviews, Recommendations

* Subscription required but some reviews and book lists may be available without one.

Reading Lists, Recommendations from Other Organizations
Book Vendors

* CVUUS library has account


CVUUS Library Catalog Access

Dewey Decimal Classification

Library Catalogs

* UU theological school, affiliation, or program

Book Processing

Summary of book processing steps

  1. Catalog the item and assign barcode number
  2. Generate, print, and apply spine labels
  3. Apply any special spine labels, e.g. genre, holiday, local author, or UU *
  4. Cover spine labels with label protectors
  5. Apply barcode label
  6. Apply bookplates identifying book donor *
  7. Stamp CVUUS ownership
  8. Apply protective mylar jacket to hardcover books.
  9. Apply protective film to paperback books. *
  10. Display or shelve
    * These steps tend to be optional

Circulation & Shelving


  • Books signed out via forms on clipboards
  • Data transferred to TinyCat (LibraryThing)
  • Self-checkout via TinyCat possible, optimal, but may not be workable in CVUUS setting.

Re-shelving books

Promotion, Publicity, Programming

Reading Lists

Resources for Promotion, Publicity, Programming