Friends of Russell Library

What do the Friends Do?

Since 1983, the Friends of the Russell Library have worked to meet the needs of the Library.

Thanks to money from membership fees, donations, and book sales, the Friends have contributed over $680,000 to improve Russell Library Services.

The Friends provide funding for programs, equipment, and services that would not be available through the Library’s operational budget, such as the popular Museum Passes, which provide free access or discounts to cultural, educational, and recreational facilities around the state.

Join the Friends

There are two ways to join!

Try our easy-to-use online membership form or download and print the form, fill it out, and mail it, along with  your check to :

Friends of Russell Library
123 Broad St.
Middletown CT 0645

Forms may also be dropped off at the check-out desk of the Library.

Monetary Donations

Gifts in any amount are gratefully received by the Friends and are disbursed along with other funds to support library activities. The Friends of Russell Library is a 501 (c) 3 organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of applicable law.

Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Russell Library

Mail to:
Friends of Russell Library
123 Broad St.
Middletown CT 0645

You may also may leave your check with a library staff member.

The Book Nook

The Friends of Russell Library’s year-round, in-library book sale is back and better than ever!

Re-christened The Book Nook, this cozy sales area can be found on the second floor of the library, just off the elevator.

Gently-used titles are available for purchase. This is a self-serve area. Just drop your money in the payment box and take home a new-to-you book. Or sit down on one of the nearby chairs and start reading!

Semiannual Book Sale & Book Donations


Book Sale Dates

Friday, March 24th 9am-5pm

Saturday, March 25th, 9am- 5pm

Sunday, March 26th, 1pm-5pm

Book Donations

Our book donation bin is located in the lobby near the community bulletin board.

Please DO NOT leave donations outside the library or in the book drop.

All donations must be in good condition.


Donations We Accept

  • Fiction (hardcover or paperback )
  • Non-fiction books of Art, Music, History, Philosophy, Health, Humor, Psychology, Religion, Biography, Poetry, Sports, Travel, Cooking, Home and Garden, How-to-Books, Hobbies, etc.
  • Children’s books for all ages
  • CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks

We Do Not Accept

Reader’s Digest Condensed books
Personally recorded audio & video tapes