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.

Click for more information about additional resources: Find a Book, Magazine or Article | researchIT CT | Learn a Language | Local Information | Look for a Job | Medical Information | Research Your Family History | Ask A Question

Find a Book, Magazine or Article

lionLION 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, just click on the title and then on “Request/Hold” and have your Library card handy. To access the LION catalog, please click here.

OverdriveOverDrive – Download eBooks and Audiobooks

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Search the OverDrive catalog to find ebooks, audiobooks and videos to download to your device. To access OverDrive, please click here.

Zinio widgetZinio – Download Magazines

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Zinio, the world’s largest newsstand, offers 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. To access Zinio, please click here.

periodicalsPrint Periodicals at the Library

In-Library or At Home Use
The Essex Library subscribes to over 50 magazines and six newspapers. Current editions must be read in the library, but past edition magazines can be checked out. For a list of our titles, please click here.

researchIT CT

researchIT 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. To access researchIT CT, please click here.

Learn a Language

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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. To access Mango, please click here.

Locate Local Information

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To access the Town of Essex website, please click here.

Community ServicesCommunity Services Information

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For a list of local community service organizations, please click here.

Local organizationaLocal Organizations

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For a list of organizations in the local area, please click here.


Look for a Job


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JobNow is the online resource for resume assistance, live job coaching, and links to other quality online resources. To access JobNow, please click here.


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. To access MedlinePlus, please click here.


Research Your Family History

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry 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. To access Ancestry Library Edition while in the library, please click here.

For more information about how to research your family history, please click here.


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.