About Us

Who We Are – The Essex Library is free to the public but depends heavily on the community for its funding. The Friends of the Essex Library was established to provide services and equipment that are outside the library’s budget. We are volunteers devoted to enriching the resources of the Library and making it a vital part of our community.

How We Help – We raise money for equipment, materials, and programs for the Library. We do this by organizing community fund-raisers and by holding book sales in the Spring and Fall.

Join us! There are no dues, just camaraderie. Please complete our Volunteer Formand return it to the Essex Library Association. For more information, please contact Lisa Burkarth at

AmazonSmile Charity List

The Friends of the Essex Library is now on the AmazonSmile Charity List. This means each time you shop on Amazon a small donation (0.5% of purchase price) will be donated to Friends – another way for you to support the Essex Library. It’s this easy:

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.**

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile at, you need to select a charitable organization (FRIENDS OF THE ESSEX LIBRARY) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Please share this with friends and family – the more folks that choose FRIENDS OF THE ESSEX LIBRARY on AmazonSmile, the more support for the Essex Library.