Essex Public Library

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Local Historical Newspapers Digital Archive

Browse or search our Essex Historical Newspapers archive. Titles include the Tidewater Democrat and the Rappahannock Times. Look for this newspaper collection to grow over time.


Gale Presents: Peterson’s Career Prep

Job seeking and career exploration. Whether you’re heading straight into the workforce or you’re entering college first, these career tools help you get a handle on what you’re interested in, the skills and training you’ll need, and what you can expect from your career path. Discover which careers suit you best, research potential career options, and explore the requirements and outlooks for the occupations you’re interested in.


Legal Forms

Find downloadable, fillable forms for basic legal transactions, current to Virginia code. Leases, sales contracts, powers of attorney, etc. Legal Forms, its publisher, Gale Cengage, The Library of Virginia, Virginia public libraries and their funding bodies assume no liability for actions resulting in the use of these forms.


Genealogy Resources

Learn about our genealogy resources.


NoveList Plus

Need a book recommendation for a child, student, family member, or yourself? Use Novelist to discover your next favorite author, series, or title!


Search the Catalog

Search the library’s catalog for materials, place holds, and manage your library account.


Universal Class

Access over 500 online continuing education courses on available subjects including computer training, career training, art, writing skills, health/nutrition, and so much more.


The Great Courses

The Great Courses Library Collection is the leading global media brand for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with hundreds of courses spanning thousands of in-depth video lectures on subjects like Science, Health & Wellness, and much more. Browse the courses, click on a course to learn more, and use the checkout button on any course page to get full access to all of The Great Courses selections.

  • Hours

    Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Friday: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Sunday: Closed

  • Location

    Essex Public Library
    117 North Church Lane
    Tappahannock, VA 22560

    Phone: 804-443-4945

  • About Essex County

    Essex County

    Town of Tappahannock

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