Current Library Services

Starting on Tuesday, June 15th, the Essex Free Library will be open for drop-in limited browsing and computer use on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12pm. Mondays will be reserved for curbside services only. We ask that library visitors please continue to limit their browsing time to 30 minutes and that computer users limit their sessions to 45 minutes. Masks are required. Due to building capacity limits, patrons may be asked to wait outside until more space is available. Curbside services will remain available Mondays through Saturdays, though wait times may be longer than usual. We thank you for your patience and are so excited to see you all!

For curbside pickup, please follow these three easy steps:

  • 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! 

For safety reasons, please wear a mask, maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, and enter the vestibule one at a time.

If you have difficulty using the main entrance to the lobby, please contact the library and we will make arrangements to bring your items out to you.

Remember, our digital resources are always available! Visit our Online Resources page to learn more about our digital offerings.