Our reference collection in the Library is replete with dictionaries, atlases, directories, almanacs and encyclopedias on all types of subjects. We also have the Connecticut General Statutes and state and local history materials and resources.

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Find a Book, Magazine or Article

Catalog IconLION Catalog

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The LION Catalog provides access to the combined catalogs of more than 35 member libraries in the LION consortium. To place a hold, click on the title and then on “Request/Hold” and have your Library card handy.

Overdrive IconOverDrive – Download eBooks and Audiobooks

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Search the OverDrive catalog to find ebooks, audiobooks and videos to download to your device.

rbdigital logoRBDigital – Downloadable Magazines

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Essex Library offers a large selection of downloadable magazines via RBDigital. 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.  RBDigital also offers information and instructions about their services.

MagazinesPrint Periodicals at the Library

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The Essex Library subscribes to over 50 magazines and six newspapers and maintains a list of all titles. Current editions must be read in the library, but past edition magazines can be checked out.

researchIT CT

Research IconresearchIT CT

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researchIT CT is the state digital reference library, providing access to hundreds of magazines, journals, newspapers and other resources through licensed databases. If researching from home, you’ll need the barcode from your Library card.

Learn a Language

Mango IconMango

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Mango users can choose from a menu of 66 languages to 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.

Locate Local Information

Essex LogoTown of Essex Information

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The Town of Essex maintains a website with information for residents, businesses and visitors.

Essex ServicesCommunity Services Information

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There are numerous local community service organizations in the Essex area.

Essex OrganizationsLocal Organizations

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The library also updates a list of local organizations in the Essex area.



Look for a Job

JobNow LogoJobNow

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JobNow is the online resource for resume assistance, live job coaching, and links to other quality online resources.

Medical Information


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MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s website; produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.



Research Your Family History

Ancestry IconAncestry Library Edition

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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 library also maintains a web page with information about how to research your family history.

Citizenship Resources

U.S. Citizenship

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U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services provides free web resources for those interested in becoming a U. S. citizen.


Ask A Question

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If you have a question, we have the expertise and resources to help you find the information you’re seeking. Please contact us in person or over the phone (860) 767-1560.