Booked To Browse

Appointment services are now available at the Essex Library. Book an appointment now! 

Booked to Browse Appointments

  • 30-minute appointments to browse the our collection, or use a computer, are available: Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m..
  • Mondays are reserved for Immunocompromised or senior citizens.
  • Appointments start on the hour and end at 30 minutes after the hour (i.e., 10:00-10:30; 11:00-11:30, etc.).
  • The library makes 3 appointment slots available each hour (one for browsing in the Children’s department, one for browsing in the Adult department, and one for computer use in the Adult department). Walk-in requests are accomodated when space is available.
  • Patrons are asked to arrive on time for browsing appointments. The library may not admit late arrivals.
  • Up to two individuals from a household should share a slot. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. Larger family groups or parents/caregivers with more than one child per visit may request a 2nd appointment slot. Masks are required for visitors of all ages.

Safety Procedures

Masks and social distancing are required for library use. Masks that fully cover the nose and mouth are required while in the building.

Hand sanitizer is available in the building. Patrons should maintain 6 feet minimum of social distance from others at the library.

Visibly ill patrons are not admitted into the library building. In accordance with State directives, staff conduct (contact-free) temperature checks of individuals entering the premises. Individuals asked not to enter the building for public health safety may receive contact-free services through Park & Pickup as well as our 24/7 electronic services.

No games, puzzles, puppets, or toys are currently available for borrowing or use in the building.

Patrons consent to providing contact tracing details, including full name(s), address, phone number and email address. This information is kept confidential but shared with public health officials if needed.

Computer, Photocopier, and Printer Access

Due to shared touch, our public photocopier and printer are not currently available for patron use. Please ask staff for assistance for these services.

Patrons using computers may request disposable gloves from the circulation desk.  Patrons are asked to sanitize the keyboard and mouse using available sanitizing wipes after use. Used gloves and wipes should be properly discarded.

Restrooms and Water-fountain

Water fountains are not currently available.

One gender neutral/unisex restroom is available on an emergency basis for patron use, at your own risk. Diaper changing tables are not available at this time.

Library Material Returns

All returned materials at LION libraries (including Essex Library) are quarantined for 96 hours. Please return materials to our parking lot Book Drop or to the bin inside our entryway. Please do not bring returned items into the browsing areas during your appointment.

Library Fines and Cash Transactions

Due to staggered reopening of libraries, delays in deliveries, and materials quarantining, Essex Library is temporarily waiving overdue fines on our materials.

Cash transactions are limited to incoming payments only – due to shared touch, staff will not provide change. Patrons wishing to settle fines or lost item charges may send payment by check or use the library’s PayPal service, on our website.

Park and Pickup

Contact-free pickup will continue to be available outside the library. To place a hold please send an email to staff.essexlib@gmail.com or call (860) 767-1560.


Welcome back!

Booked to Browse Appointments

Book an appointment to visit the library. 30-minute appointment slots to browse our collection or use a computer are available:

Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 3:oo p.m..

Park & Pickup (curbside) Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s entrance:

Mondays – Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m..

Electronic services are available 24/7.

Library Materials Return

Essex Library is accepting returned materials. All returned items are quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked-in. Essex Library is continuing our waivers on overdue fines. Due dates will still apply to library materials.

Thank You for Your Support!