Borrowing Guidelines

Getting a Card

Middletown Residents

Adults: Middletown residents can apply online for a Russell Library card. We will mail the card to you.

Teenagers and Children: Residents under the age of 18 may apply for their own card online.


Non-Middletown Residents

Connecticut Residents.  Residents of other Connecticut towns must present 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.

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, headphones, and hotspots. No checkout limits. NOTE: Hotspots may only be taken out on adult Middletown cards.

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



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

We can help you help you place your reserve. Please email us.

You may also use our online catalog from outside the library or any catalog computer inside the library to place a reserve yourself.

Book Club Kits

Looking for a great read for your book club?  Russell Library has curated a collection of Book Club Kits, which include 6 or more copies of each book and a discussion guide, all packaged together in a handy portable tote bag.



The library now has automatic renewals!

Most Russell Library materials may be renewed twice, unless on hold for another patron. NOTE: eBooks from Libby (Overdrive) do not renew automatically. Please see How to Renew.

Your Account

Keep your account up-to-date!

  • Please inform us of any change to your address and phone number.
  • Please report lost or missing card immediately.
  • You can login to your account to see what you have out and place holds.

Fines and Fees

The Russell Library is fine-free. The Library has not charged overdue fees on children’s and teen materials checked out on children’s and teen cards since 2017. Our digital/downloadable materials have always been fine-free. Now we are offering Fine Freedom for everyone.