Services and Policies

Essex Library is closed indefinitely. In-person services are not available at this time. Services will resume when the Library reopens. Electronic services such as Overdrive remain available and accessible. For Essex residents who do not currently have a library card, click here for information on getting one issued electronically.

ELA Bulletin Board and Handouts Policy

ELA Challenged Resources Policy

ELA Circulation Policy

ELA Code of Conduct Policy

ELA Exhibits Policy

ELA Gifts and Donations Policy

ELA Internet and Computer Use Policy

ELI Library Events Policy

ELA Program Room Request Form

ELA Program Room Use Policy

ELA Role of Volunteers Policy

ELA Sexual Harassment Policy

Book-A-Librarian

You can reserve time for a one-on-one, how-to lesson on basic computer skills, creating an e-mail account, searching and placing holds in the LION and reQuest catalogs, downloading books using our OverDrive service, and conducting research on researchIT CT – the online databases provided by the state. To Book-A-Librarian please call the Library (767-1560) and ask for Ann Thompson.

Cell Phones

In an effort to maintain a quiet and pleasant environment, the Library requests that patrons turn off all cell phones upon entering the building. Anyone needing to make or take a call while at the Library may step outside or use the lobby area.

Computers

You are invited to explore the Library’s free wireless Internet access using your own wireless-enabled laptop computer. Simply launch your Web browser. Your computer’s home page will appear and you may begin surfing immediately.

We also offer eleven computers for public use, six for adults and five for children. Patrons may use the computers for one hour periods. If no one is waiting, the one hour period may be extended. Computer printouts are 20¢ a copy for black and white or 50 ¢ a copy for color.

Copy machine

A copy machine is available to the public. Fees are 20¢ per page for black & white copies and 50¢ per page for color copies.

Homebound Delivery Service

Essex residents who are unable to leave their homes may arrange for pick up and delivery of library materials by simply calling the Library and requesting this service.

Notary Public

We are offering remote notarization while the Library is closed. For more information, email Ann Thompson at athompson@essexlib.org.

Passport Applications

The Essex Library is now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel in over three weeks time may apply at the library for their passports by appointment only. Appointments can be made by calling 860-767-1560 and asking for Anna.

Before calling to schedule an appointment, however, we suggest you visit the only official website for up-to-date passport and international travel information: travel.state.gov.

For more information, visit our page about applying for a passport at the Essex Library.

Tax Forms

Taxpayers were recently advised they will no longer receive income tax packages in the mail from the IRS. You may use the links on the IRS website to view, download, or order forms, schedules, and instructions needed for filing a paper income tax return. The Library will have copies of tax forms available shortly (by mid-January, hopefully). Until then, patrons may come in and request copies of forms be printed for them at no cost. We are unable to print copies of instruction booklets due to their size (100+ pages).

Volunteers

Volunteers play an important role in the operation of the Essex Library. Among other tasks, volunteers shelve of books and materials, read and organize shelves, undertake special projects, and assist with special Library events (hosting, baking for programs, book sales, etc.) The Library is greatly indebted to its hundreds of volunteer “family members.” For more information, please review the Essex Library Association’s volunteer policy.


Welcome back!

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!