Book Sale: Friday, December 9th, 9am-5pm. Saturday, December 10th, 9am-5pm. Sunday, December 11th, 1pm-5pm.

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.

The Book Nook

The Friends of Russell Library’s 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!


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.

Support the Friends by Shopping at Amazon

How Does it Work?

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

On your first visit to you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping.  Search for Russell Library, Middletown CT.

Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the Russell Library.


The Friends volunteer for used book sales, to sort donated books for resale, sell donated books to online vendors, and at special library events.

Have fun! Meet new people and support the Russell Library.