New and continuing students are required to reside in campus dormitories during the residencies. This encourages cohesiveness and a sense of community, both of which are central to the learning experience. Mealtimes in the cafeteria, operated by the New England Culinary Institute, also provide opportunity for dialogue and communication between faculty, students, and visitors.
The VCFA Library serves the reading, research and study interests of VCFA students, alumni and faculty. The Vermont College of Fine Arts World Catalog lists the combined card catalogs of over 60,000 libraries worldwide. One simple search interface searches through a single catalog that lists virtually every book ever printed! It also lists millions of sound recordings, periodical titles, movies, maps, musical scores and manuscripts. Most titles are available via Interlibrary Loan. The VCFA Library Catalog also lists over 100,000 locally owned books and thousands of periodical articles that are immediately available in digital formats. Library services include Interlibrary Loan, reference and research assistance.