Current Library Services

The Essex Free Library is open for browsing and computer use on Mondays through Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm. We ask that computer users limit their sessions to one hour and that patrons please wear masks. 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.