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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 – May 2020

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ELA Director Deb Smith

From The Director — Deborah Smith

April showers and May flowers are a reminder that sunnier days are ahead. I don’t know about you, but I have been inspired by the wonderful garden and arts-related resources our staff has shared on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

For a look at all of the services we’ve been offering during the pandemic, I invite you to take a look at our Then and Now document. We will keep you updated as we continue to develop new programs and services this month. Your support of the library makes all the difference, and I hope that we can continue to count on your involvement in the coming year.

The economic impact of the coronavirus has been sizeable and the library has not been immune. I want to thank each member of the library’s Board of Trustees for their dedicated work as we continue to navigate through turbulent times. It is our privilege and responsibility to ensure that the library continues to serve Essex and all residents well over the years to come. A great part of this involves realistic budgeting. Recently, we had to place staff on reduced work schedules or furloughs. Fortunately, the library has just been approved for a Paycheck Protection Program loan via the Small Business Association. This means that we will be very fortunate to continue a wide array of services by having staff work for the library remotely.

We have also now transitioned to planning for when the library is able to resume services in our building. We will be prioritizing patron and staff safety, which means that we will be making some changes to the library. First, we will be coordinating service resumption with our LION (Libraries Online) consortium partners. We will likely begin by opening our book drop for returns, and quarantining all materials that come into our facility for a recommended period of time. We could then begin to offer ‘zero contact’ curbside pickup service, where we fill requests and schedule check-outs over the phone or online. We then hope to move to in-person services by appointment, and then to limiting the number of visitors in the library at any one time. Within the building itself, we will be marking paths and moving furniture to better accommodate social distancing. All staff will also wear personal protective equipment and our circulation desks will include social distancing barriers. It will mean lots of changes for all of us and we appreciate your support and patience as we adjust to a new way of serving you.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with suggestions or questions. Stay healthy and safe.

* 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. The Library records all programs and reports all Zoombombing, attempted Zoombombing, and/or misuse of our public programming platform to local law enforcement.

Ex Libris

Ex Libris – Winter/Spring 2020

Welcome back!

Library Materials Return Begins May 20th

Essex Library will begin accepting returned materials on May 20th in our parking lot at specific times. Click for important return information.

Essex Library Park & Pickup Service to Begin Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Contact-free pickup will be available Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from a designated table in the library’s main parking lot.

Click for important return information.

Thank You for Your Support!