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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 – April 2020

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

Even as staff continue to work remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic, our hearts and minds are very much with you all. We can’t wait to be back at the library in person when it is safe to do so for everyone. Unfortunately, everyone must stay home and stay safe for quite some time. As of this writing, all in-person library programs and meetings have been canceled through the end of May (this date is a rolling date as we stay in accordance with the latest health directives and CDC advice). We are still providing the excellent service that you expect and have just launched a new survey on our website. I invite you to complete the survey and share how we can best serve you from our ‘online library.’ You can also follow regular library updates and new services via our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

Our library building may be temporarily closed, but we’re still offering quality programming. This month, our Bereavement support, Alzheimer’s caregivers support, Diamonds and Purls knitting, and book club discussion groups are all meeting via Zoom video & audio conferencing. You can find details on dates and times on our calendar. *

If you aren’t familiar with using Zoom, you’ll find resources to help get you started here. We are also happy to provide reference support via email while the library is closed. You can reach us at, or write to me directly at

This month we have added more than 28,000 free books and videos to our digital collections from Tumblebooks and Project Gutenberg. You will find these in our catalog. We also have a full array of materials available to library cardholders – access magazines, films, and books through Overdrive, RB Digital, and Zinio.

The library closed to all in-person services on March 13th. Our building is closed indefinitely, which means that our book drop is also closed. Please continue to enjoy library items in your household. “Stay home and stay safe” applies to library materials too. Please do not return any items to the library or library grounds until we have advised that we are accepting them back. We are rolling all due dates forward and you will not accrue fines for items that you have already checked-out while we are closed.

Finally, I encourage all residents to sign up for important Town of Essex alerts. These alerts are sent to you via email and text message. They are also posted on the town’s website. See below for more info on how to sign up.

Stay home, stay safe, and see you online!

* All library programs and meetings offered on Zoom are moderated by library staff and are recorded. We do not offer Zoom recordings to the public.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris – Winter/Spring 2020

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