Phased Reopening Plan for COVID Operations:
Brownell is in Phase 3 of reopening, and we are currently offering curbside pickup, open browsing, and appointments for Essex residents. Please check below for current hours.
To book an appointment to browse the collection click “Book Some Browse Time” above, or click "Book Some Computer Time" above for computer use. 30 minute appointments are available Tuesdays 11am-1pm
  • You can also call our Main Desk at 878-6955 or our Youth Desk at 802-878-6956 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday between 10am-6pm, and Wednesdays between 12pm-8pm to schedule an appointment. 
  • Masks are required
Curbside service will be offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10am to 6pm. Wednesdays 12pm-8pm.
  • 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 send an email when the request is ready.
  • For curbside pick up of prints use our email to print form

Open BrowsingTimes are Mondays 10am-5pm, Tuesdays 12pm-5pm, Wednesdays 1pm-7pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10am-5pm.

  • No appointment required, please try to keep to a 30 minute visit
  • Masks are required in the building
  • A limited number of computers are available for use - for one on one help please make a computer appointment. 

Our outdoor book drop is open for returns 24/7.

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

To get a library card:
  • For Village residents, we can offer a temporary virtual card which will provide access to digital services. For a virtual card contact the library by phone, email, by filling out this online form
  • To get a physical card, fill out the online form above and send us a picture of your ID or a piece of mail with your name and current address on it.  We will mail you the card.
We are also offering outdoor, in-person and virtual programming as well as take home kits

Wifi is available outside the building 24/7.

Be well,
Brownell Staff