How To Support Us

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:

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!

See our Gifts and Donations Policy for specifics of how the library handles gifts and donations.


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.

Instructions for Donating Securities to the Essex Library:

Please instruct your broker or advisor to provide authorization to transfer the stock to the Library’s account. The delivering firm will need the following information:

Fidelity Investments
DTC # 0226
Account Name: Essex Library Association (Endowment)
Account Number: 645596856

Please also inform Ann Thompson at the Essex Library when the transaction takes place so that we can acknowledge your gift, particularly for your tax records.

Ann can be reached by email at

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.