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.

How the Friends help the library.

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 – Online Application

Try our easy-to-use online membership form. A family membership to the Friends is $20 per year.

Membership dues support library programs!

Join the Friends – Mail-in Application

Mail the form along with your check to the library. Forms may also be dropped off at the check-out desk of the Library.

Friends of Russell Library
123 Broad Street
Middletown CT 06457

The Book Nook

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

This cozy sales area can be found on the second floor of the library, just off the elevator. 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! Prices range form ten cents to two dollars per book.


Find a book by your favorite author or discover something new.


All media costs $1.00 per item!


A large selection of reasonably-priced kid’s books!

Book Sales


Book Sale Dates

Friday, June 14th, 9am-5pm

Saturday, June 15th, 9am-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
  • DVDs and audiobooks

We Do Not Accept

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

Make a Donation

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. Thank you for your support!

Russell Library

123 Broad Street
Middletown CT 06457




Online Calendar

Library Hours

Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm
Fri-Sat 9am-5pm
Sunday 1-5pm (October-March)