Media Center

The Essex High School Library Media Center helps you to be a 21st Century life-long learner. The librarian can assist you with accessing, evaluating, and using information.  The library supports the curriculum and fosters literacy skills.  Finding what you need in our library collection is easy with our online Destiny catalog. Use our links above for accessing our local public library and more resources.  Ms. Pauze is here to help you in person or by email.

Library Media Center Mission

    The Essex High School Library mission is to meet the life-long learning needs of our students and staff through a teaching partnership that integrates information literacy with the curriculum standards of learning.

Monday - Friday:  8:20 - 3:15

Loan Policies
  • 2 weeks for general collection
  • Overnight loan for reference books
  • Limit of 3 books checked-out simultaneously

 Lost or Damaged Books
    Pay the cost of the book.

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Library Staff and Contact
   Mrs. Tammy Berry - Library Media Specialist

Contact the School Office  

Phone  804-443-4301
Fax - 804-443-4272

Reliable Sites for Resources

Essex Public Library  Go to Teens, go to Academics. Place books on hold with your library card to have them delivered to our library on Friday.
FinditVA  Search books, newspapers, encyclopedias, multimedia.
infoplease  Use the atlas, encyclopedia, almanac, dictionary, thesaurus, homework help by subject, research tips, study skills, writing center, private online tutor.
Britannica  Research encyclopedia articles, see video clips.
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning  From American Association of School Librarians
Internet Public Library  Go to For Teens, then go to School & Homework Help.
ITools  Use search tools and access media.
Dewey Browse  Websites are classified by Dewey Decimal Classification.
Library of Congress  The National Library, Ask a Librarian, Digital Collections

More Social Studies Resources

U.S. History
National Geographic

More English Resources

Teen Reads  The Book Report Network
Book Spot  Books by genres, awards, bestsellers 
Guys Read  Books guys like
Teen Ink  Written by teens, classroom sets are in print in the library.
Poetry Out Loud  National Recitation Contest, poems and performances
Poetry Foundation  Search poems, poets, videos.

Cite Your Sources  

EasyBib  Use the automated bibliography composer to help you cite your sources and keep your lists.

Resources for Teachers

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning  From American Association of School Librarians
Discovery Education
Schrock's Guide
Teachers First
Education World
Big 6 Information and Technology Skills
Library of Congress  Ask a Librarian, Digital Collections, Interlibrary Loan
Interactive Achievement 

EHS Library Catalog
Destiny Catalog Search

Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing
SOL Resources  Practice items, online writing, released tests to study, standards and curriculum framework.


ESPN  for sports
Rappahannock News  for local news
Times Dispatch  for regional news
NPR  for national news
BBC  for world news