Curbside Services

The Essex Free Library is currently closed to the public, but we are pleased to offer curbside pickup Monday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. Saturdays are for pickup only. There will be no pickup on Saturday, August 1st. Requests must be made before 4pm on Friday afternoon in order to be picked up on Saturday.

Follow three easy steps to pick up materials:

Step one: Place your items on hold. Use our library catalog to search for items currently available, call (802)879-0313, or email You will be notified via email or phone when your hold is ready. 

Step two: Staff will pull your items, check them out, put them in a paper bag, and place them in the vestibule of the library to await pickup.

Step three: Grab your bag and enjoy! Items will be labeled with your first name and first initial of your last name. Items from the Adult Collection will be bagged separately from those in the Children’s Collection.

For safety reasons, we ask that you:

  • Wear a face mask.

  • Stay 6 feet from others.

  • Enter the vestibule one at a time.

  • Do not congregate on the steps.

Requested items must be collected by 6pm each day. Items not collected by 6pm will be locked in the building, and unavailable for pickup until 10am on the next business day. To return items, please use the outside book drop.