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.

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?

Generally, the Notary Public is available Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursday 1-7 and Friday 10-5. Please call ahead to assure availability. We ask for a $5 contribution which we use to help buy books for the Library.


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:

Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services.

Virtual Library Events

Essex Library Virtual Programming