Borrowing Guidelines

Getting a Card

Middletown Residents

Adults: Middletown residents 18 years old or older must present proof of current residency such as a driver’s license, state ID or two other items with a current address.

Teenagers and Children: Residents under the age of eighteen need to have their applications completed and signed by their parents or legal guardians.

You may apply for a Russell Library card in person or online.


Non-Middletown Residents

Connecticut Residents. Residents of other Connecticut towns must a valid library card from their hometown library.

Student or temporary cards are available for non-residents of Connecticut who are students in Middletown and for patrons who are residing temporarily in Middletown. Please call 860-347-2528 for further information.

Borrowing Limits

1 Day
Museum Passes. Limit: 1 per adult card.

3 Days
Express DVDs. Limit: 3 per adult card.

7 Days
New DVDs, Feature Film DVDs. No checkout limits.

14 Days
New books, new audiobooks, new music. No checkout limits.

21 Days
Books, magazines, audiobooks, music, non-fiction DVDs, DVD sets. No checkout limits.

Materials may be returned at the main desk in the lobby during business hours, in the book and video drops when the library is closed, or to any public library in Connecticut.



  • If an item you would like is being used by another patron, you may request that a reserve or “hold” be placed on that item.
  • Requests for materials listed as “Available” are not ready until you get an email notification or phone call from the library.
  • For questions contact the Information Department.

The Information Department will help you locate the desired item and place your reserve. You may call them directly at 860-347-2520.

Use our online catalog from outside the library or any PAC (catalog computer) inside the library to place a reserve yourself.



The library now has automatic renewals!

Most Russell Library material may be renewed twice, unless it is on hold for another patron. Items will  renew autiomatically! You no longer have to call or renew online.

Your Account

Your Russell Library card must be presented in order to borrow materials. It may also be used in any public library in Connecticut. You are responsible for all library materials checked out to you.

  • Please keep your address and phone number up to date with us.
  • Please report lost or missing card immediately (There is a small fee for card replacement.)
  • You can login to your online account to see what you have out, place holds, and pay fines.

Fines and Fees

Fines are charged for materials returned after their due date.

Express DVDs – $1.00 per day

Museum Passes – $10.00 per day

All other items – 10 cents a day per item.

Youth library cards (for residents under the age of 18) will not incur overdue fines on items checked out from our Juvenile and Young Adult collections.

You can pay your fines online. Go to our catalog and login to your account with your name and library barcode number. Fines will be displayed on the left of the screen along with payment options.