Adult Services

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

In Library Use
As “the world’s leading resource for online family history and genealogy,” Ancestry provides access to a large and diverse collection of online genealogical databases to help research your family’s history. The Ancestry Library Edition allows access to an exceptional array of information beginning with census, birth, marriage, death, military, land, and immigration records. For more information, please click here. Ancestry Library Edition does not include every feature and database provided by the Ancestry edition available to individuals at home; to learn more about the differences, please click here.

The Essex Library provides access to Ancestry Library Edition for patrons on site at the library but access is not available from home. Patrons may access the Ancestry Library Edition by connecting to our wireless Internet with their laptops. To access Ancestry Library Edition while in the library, please click here or on the image to the left.

For Use Anywhere
The library provides access to additional resources and information to research your family history. To learn more, please click here.

Zinio squareZinio – Downloadable Magazines

Your library and Libraries Online (LION) are now offering a large selection of downloadable magazines via Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offering full color, interactive digital magazines for your enjoyment. Browse from your library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, no fines, and no limit to the number of issues you can download. Titles provided by this service include “Country Living,” “Eating Light,” “Men’s Health,” “Traditional Home,” and “Us Weekly.” For more information and instructions about this new service, please click here. To check out a magazine to your Zinio account, you may click here.

MangoS2Mango – Learn a New Language!

Learning a new language with Mango Languages is free for all library patrons. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex linguistic elements within an audio-visual framework that draws important connections and builds on information they have already learned. To access the Mango start page click here.

Book A Librarian


Want to learn more about using computers, tablets and eReaders or how to download a book from Overdrive? You can reserve time for a one-on-one, how-to lesson on basic computer skills, creating an e-mail account, searching and placing holds in the LION and reQuest catalogs, downloading books using our OverDrive service, and conducting research on researchIT CT – the online databases provided by the state. To Book-A-Librarian please call the Library (767-1560) and ask for Ann Thompson. We’ll have you astonishing friends and family members with your new computer expertise in no time!

Overdrive Overdrive is Easier Than Ever!

It’s easier to see what titles are available and searches are a snap with the new look. Plus, the new generation of OverDrive enables users to read eBooks instantly with no downloads through the new OverDrive Read. Read more here about our FREE Overdrive service and its new easier process.

JobNow-Web-LogoAre You in the Market for a New Job?

The Essex Library is pleased to bring you FREE access to JobNow, the online resource for resume assistance, live job coaching, and links to other quality online resources. JobNow provides templates for different types of resumes – you can create your resume, upload your file to their Resume Lab and JobNow experts will critique your resume and return a marked-up document to you. You can also have an online chat with a JobNow coach who will work with you to help you ace your upcoming interviews. There are tips about what you should do before the interview, during the interview, common interview questions and sample responses, a section on substantive questions, questions to ask the interviewer, the Don’ts of interviewing and what to do after the interview.

Please click here to get started – all you have to do is create a username and password. If you access the service from home, you will need your Essex Library Card number to use the service. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Library at 767-1560.


Need A Notary?

We can notarize documents for you Monday through Friday. We ask for a $5 contribution which we use to help buy books for the Library.


passport-imagePassport Applications

The Essex Library is now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel in over three weeks time may apply at the library for their passports weekdays from 10 am until 1 pm, by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for either Emily or Amy.

Before calling to schedule an appointment, however, we suggest you visit the only official website for up-to-date passport and international travel information:

For information about applying for a passport at the Essex Library, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about the events and services offered by the Essex Library Adult Department, please click on the links below:

Adults’ Featured Events – Check here for the latest information about the exciting programs scheduled at Essex Library!

Book Clubs – Looking for a good read and great conversation? Join one of our library book clubs.

New Release Alerts – Check here to see which books are coming soon to the Essex Library.

Periodicals List – This page lists all the periodicals that the library currently carries.