Register for a Library Card

All Essex residents, both Town and Village, may register for an Essex Free Library Homecard. This Homecard may be used at other neighboring Homecard libraries in addition to Essex Free. To register, please fill out a Patron Registration Form and provide the library with an ID or other proof of residence: a lease, bill, postmarked mail, etc. Proof of residence documents will be disposed of once your address is confirmed. Due to current circumstances and our more limited hours and services, you may now apply remotely. To submit your registration form and proof of residence, you may do any of the following:

  • Scan and email your documents to
  • Provide copies of your documents and place them in the mail or library book drop

You may also request a paper copy of the registration form.

After we receive the documents, a physical card will be made for you, which you may pick up via curbside at your convenience if you choose to do so. To use our library and our online resources, a physical card is not necessary, but if you visit other libraries they may require it in order to check materials out to you.