Phased Reopening Plan for COVID Operations:
Brownell is in Phase 2 of reopening, and we are currently offering both curbside pickup and appointments for Essex residents to browse the collection.

To book an appointment to browse the collection click “Book Some Browse Time” above, or click "Book Some Computer Time" above for computer use. 
  • You can also call our Main Desk at 878-6955 weekdays between 10am-6pm to schedule an appointment.  
  • We are not taking walk-ins at this time, please call ahead to see if appointments are available.
Curbside service will be offered Monday through Friday 10am to 6pm.
  • Place books, DVDs, etc on hold at, by calling us at (802)878-6955 for the Adult Department or (802)-878-6956 for the Youth Department, or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will call you when your request is ready.
  • Because we are still encouraged to Be Smart and Stay Safe, all materials will be checked out to you for three weeks.

Our outdoor book drop is open for returns 24/7.
  • Returned items are quarantined before being checked in, please expect returns to be reflected in your account in about a week.

Downloadable audiobooks and ebooks are also available through Libby or Overdrive:

To get a library card:
We are also offering digital programming.  

Be well,
Brownell Staff