How To Support Us


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  1. Make a donation.
  2. Make us your Amazon Smile charity.
  3. Volunteer at the Essex Library.

The Essex Library is a free public library serving Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton. Organized in 1889, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, receiving support from the town of Essex and donors. This year the town of Essex will contribute approximately 49% of the Essex Library’s annual operating funds, the remainder is raised through the Annual Operating Fund campaign, support from local business and grants, and income generated from a modest endowment. There are several ways to support the library:

1) Make a Donation.

Your gifts to the Essex Library are essential to our continued existence. Financial contributions can be made in many ways: through the Annual Fund, by underwriting programs and events, through endowment giving, and with planned giving (bequests). Gifts in excess of $35 entitle you to voting membership in the Essex Library Association.  Contributions are tax deductible. And to all of our faithful contributors who have supported us through the years, a heartfelt Thank You!

We now accept donations through Paypal.  Click the Donate button  below to get started.

You can also print our donation form and return it with payment information to the Essex Library Association, 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT 06426.

2) Make us your Amazon Smile Charity.

The Essex Library is an Amazon Smile Charity! This means each time you shop on Amazon a small donation (0.5% of purchase price) will be donated to the 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 (Essex Library Association) 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.

Or follow this direct link:

3) Volunteer at the Essex Library.

We have many opportunities for volunteering at the Essex Library! Please complete our Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Essex Library Association to volunteer.