Essex Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library

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Wheelchair accessible symbol.1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, Maryland 21221-3497


  • Telephone: 410-887-0295


  • Sun: 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Mon: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tue: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wed: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thu: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fri: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Sat: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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In addition to book, CD and DVD collections for all ages, this branch offers the following:



About This Branch


The Essex Branch opened in 1969 and has over 14,000 square feet. It is decorated with a Chesapeake Bay theme featuring a lighthouse. The Essex Branch underwent a significant renovation in the fall of 2014.



About This Community


The eastern part of Baltimore County, which includes Essex and Middle River, was the least-urbanized area closest to Baltimore City at the turn of the century. Yet this area eventually displayed the most sustained growth rate in the county. By 1931, the population was nearly 23,000.


Essex was established in 1909 by the Taylor Land Company for Baltimore residents who wanted to live outside the city limits in a more rural atmosphere. Land was cheap and sales were enhanced by a promotional pamphlet.


Henry Guttenberger built the first general store in Essex in 1910 on the corner of Eastern and Mace Avenues. Between 1911 and 1912, the Taylor Land Company donated the lots for Essex Methodist and St. John's Lutheran churches. It also donated the land where the volunteer fire department built their station on Eastern Avenue.



Additional Information


BCPL's collection contains materials on Essex.



Revised: March 12, 2018