Library Mission Statement
The Essex Library is a professionally directed, free public library that encourages all visitors to explore lifelong learning opportunities and locate recreational reading materials. Through its collections, services, and programs, it brings people of all ages together to share common cultural and educational interests.
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.
In an effort to maintain a quiet and pleasant environment, the Library requests that patrons turn off all cell phones upon entering the building. Anyone needing to make or take a call while at the Library may step outside or use the lobby area.
You are invited to explore the Library’s free wireless Internet access using your own wireless-enabled laptop computer. Simply launch your Web browser. Your computer’s home page will appear and you may begin surfing immediately.
We also offer eleven computers for public use, six for adults and five for children. Patrons may use the computers for one hour periods. If no one is waiting, the one hour period may be extended. Computer printouts are 20¢ a copy for black and white or 50 ¢ a copy for color.
A copy machine is available to the public. Fees are 20¢ per page for black & white copies and 50¢ per page for color copies.
Homebound Delivery Service
Essex residents who are unable to leave their homes may arrange for pick up and delivery of library materials by simply calling the Library and requesting this service.
We currently have one Notary Public on staff. Ann Thompson is available Monday – Wednesday and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays 1-7 p.m.
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 by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for either Emily or Anna.
Before calling to schedule an appointment, however, we suggest you visit the only official website for up-to-date passport and international travel information: travel.state.gov.
For more information, visit our page about applying for a passport at the Essex Library.
Taxpayers were recently advised they will no longer receive income tax packages in the mail from the IRS. You may use the links on the IRS website to view, download, or order forms, schedules, and instructions needed for filing a paper income tax return. The Library will have copies of tax forms available shortly (by mid-January, hopefully). Until then, patrons may come in and request copies of forms be printed for them at no cost. We are unable to print copies of instruction booklets due to their size (100+ pages).
Volunteers play an important role in the operation of the Essex Library. Among other tasks, volunteers shelve of books and materials, read and organize shelves, undertake special projects, and assist with special Library events (hosting, baking for programs, book sales, etc.) The Library is greatly indebted to its hundreds of volunteer “family members.” For more information, please review the Essex Library Association’s volunteer policy.