Brief History of the Friends


A Brief History

The Friends of the Essex Library was organized in 1978, almost one hundred years after the establishment of the Library.  Four enterprising women, Joan Duys, Ginnie Freeman, Dodie Harris, and Jeanne Byrne organized a group of volunteers who raised funds for much-needed equipment, mended torn books, shelved returned books, or helped at the circulation desk.  Their annual book sales soon became a much anticipated event and the principal fundraiser for the Friends.

Today, the Friends continue to play these critical roles at the Library. Our volunteers raise money for special equipment and services that supplement the Library’s budget and we volunteer our time and talent to help the Library’s staff with everyday needs.

We want the Essex Library to offer our community a rich array of resources. We invite you to join the Friends by filling out our Volunteer Application Form.


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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!