Adult Services

Essex Library is closed indefinitely. In-person services are not available at this time. Services will resume when the Library reopens. Electronic services such as Overdrive remain available and accessible. For Essex residents who do not currently have a library card, click here for information on getting one issued electronically.

ReferenceUSA provides data on businesses, consumers, healthcare providers, new movers & homeowners, as well as historical business information. It assists business executives in finding valuable sales leads, conducting market research or competitive analysis, and provides an avenue for businesses to do effective marketing & outreach. Students are able to reference this data for research projects and job seekers may find gainful employment.

Hoopla is a digital streaming service, available through apps and desktop. Users have access to streaming movies and television, e-books and audiobooks, as well as comics! Best of all, Hoopla does not require holds; if something interests you, you can check it out immediately. For Essex and Ivoryton cardholders. Click here to try Hoopla!

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Access Ancestry Library Edition From Home (Patrons with Essex Library cards only)
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 patrons on site at the library but access is not available from home.

For Use Anywhere
The library provides access to additional resources and information to research your family history on our Research Your Family History web page.

Essex Exclusive Digital ContentDownload eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines, and Videos!

Essex Library offers a large selection of downloadable magazines via RBDigital, including Acorn TV, exclusively for Essex patrons. 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.


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 by calling the Library (767-1560) and asking for Ann Thompson.

Overdrive Logo 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.

Jobnow employment assistanceAre 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.

Notary Seal

Need A Notary?

We are offering remote notarization while the Library is closed. For more information, email Ann Thompson at


Passport PhotoPassport 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 by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for 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:

Welcome back!

Essex Library Park & Pickup Service

Contact-free pickup of library materials is available Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from a designated table in the library’s main parking lot. Call or email us to request items.

For more see: pickup information .

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. Please place items in the brown book drop in our parking lot.  All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours before they are checked-in; items are then back dated.

Due to staggered reopening of libraries, delays in deliveries, and materials quarantining, Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials. Thank you for helping us share materials in a timely way with all patrons.

Thank You for Your Support!