Essex Library Association Reviews
...especially the staff! The children's department has reliably wonderful story hours and programming; the adult department has terrific author and other programs, and are so helpful. You're always... more »
this library accepts cards from most libraries in Connecticut so you dont have to be an essex resident to go there. good selection and very friendly staff (except for the useless library director... more »
Best local library in the area! Great selection, friendly staff, always have great new books coming in.
One of two libraries in town, the Essex Library is another great resource as the Ivoryton Library. Gone are the days of stuffy librarian stereotypes. Here you’ll find friendly, upbeat and outgoing staff eager to assist. I needed to get copies of music that were only available at the Hartt Performance Library. I did my homework first by calling Hartt and their librarian confirmed that they had the parts and how I should go about requesting them through my local library. When I approached the Essex Library and asked about how I could use the “inter-library system” to get some music, they didn’t flinch. They quickly and easily explained how to fill out a form and what would happen next. Thanks to my diligence, I had all the information at hand to fill out the form right there. Getting music on loan from one library to another is not your everyday request. I’m sure the inter-library system is heavily dependent on many factors such as staffing or content availability. Although the process worked and I got the music to copy, it took much longer than I anticipated so allow a few extra weeks lead-time if you use this service. Of course getting a book through the inter-library system works a lot faster. There are so many wonderful programs at the Essex Library like guest lectures, art shows and reading events. It’s a wonderful community place to visit and it's right across from a fun park for the kids.
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