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Latest News

4/1/20 –The votes are in! Thank you to the Essex Savings Bank and to everyone who voted for us in the Community Investment Savings ProgramWe are so grateful for your support of the Essex Library and Friends of the Essex Library. The library will directly receive $1,873 as a result of your engagement. Thank you!

3/22/20 – Still closed but helping Essex Ambulance Association today with an urgent need for supplies. Libraries, archives, and museums please join us – donate supplies on hand to healthcare providers in need. Individuals can help too! Visit

3/18/20 – Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Essex Library Association has closed our building and book drop indefinitely and stopped all in-person services. We apologize for any inconvenience to our patrons and look forward to re-opening our facility when safe and prudent to do so. The library has temporarily suspended book donations. Patrons should keep any materials they have checked-out; all fines will be waived during the period the library is closed and for one week after we re-open. Our electronic services continue to be available on our Homebound Services page.

Essex/Centerbrook/Ivoryton residents can fill out our Patron Registration Form to request a library card to use electronic services that require barcode access.

Director’s Message – August 2020

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

As I write, the Perseverance rover has launched and is on its way to Mars. It’s a long haul journey, expected to take until late February. I look forward to watching the rover land, knowing how far it – and we – will have come by then. Such progress is only possible with a dedicated team pulling together every day.

Speaking of dedicated teams, it is my pleasure to announce that this month we are welcoming new staffers to the library. We are fortunate to have Christina Carpino joining us as our Children’s & Teen Services Librarian. Christina holds a B.A. in education and recently completed her M.L.I.S. in children’s library services from Kent State University. A former elementary school teacher, Christina has many years of experience with children’s services at the Bristol and Cora J. Belden (Rocky Hill) public libraries. Also joining us this month is Shea Campion. A current student at Valley Regional High School, Shea will provide patron circulation services on Saturdays.

This month we are also launching Booked to Browse appointments in the building. This is just one of the creative ways we are providing services during what is the long challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic. We continue to operate in compliance with the state’s Re-Opening guidelines, which means our team provides Park & Pickup Service and Booked to Browse with a leaner presence in the library than usual. At Essex Library, staff members are working several shifts a week in the building while also continuing to work for the library remotely.

With appointments and curbside services, we continue to put staff and patron safety first. For example, we recently increased the amount of time that we are quarantining materials, from 72 to 96 hours, based on updated research about the virus. We have also increased our cleaning protocols, and installed sneeze guards at our circulation desk. If you make an appointment to browse our collections in person, you will notice changes to our layout and check-out process. These are intended to maintain social distancing throughout the building. We will also be relying on you to wear a mask that fully covers the nose and mouth while in the library. You will find more details about what to expect during an appointment on our website.

Like Perseverance, we are continuing for the long haul while keeping a hopeful gaze fixed ever firmly forward.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris – Winter/Spring 2020

Welcome back!

Booked to Browse Appointments

Please book an appointment to visit the library. 30-minute appointment slots to browse our collection or use a computer are available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Park & Pickup Service

Contact free pickup is available from tables in the library’s main parking lot between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.

Electronic services are available 24/7.

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 96 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!