Online Resources

These online resources are available from home to Middletown residents and may require your library card number.

Please note: The companies that provide our databases often set residency restrictions. Russell Library cannot do anything to provide access to non-residents. If you are not a resident of Middletown, please see the resources that say No Library Card Required.

Databases are available to all patrons from the library’s public computers and from any device on our wireless network.

Summer Reading for Adults

We will have 10 weekly drawings for Downtown Middletown gift cards.

The first drawing will be held June 26th. Readers who have registered and logged books by June 25th will be eligible. Drawings will run from June 25th – August 28th.

All drawings will be run on Fridays (with the exception of July 3rd, which will be run on July 6th.) Gift cards will be mailed to winners.

Try these recommended resources

Audiobook Cloud

An all-ages audiobook database. (No library card required.)

COVID Resources

Fact sheets, links to State organizations, how to help & more! (No library card required.)


Download Audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, music, movies & comics. (Russell Library card required.)

Kids & Teens: Online Resources

We have many online tools for kids and teens that are both educational and fun! Many do not require a library card. Check it out!

Learn to Be Anti-Racist

Reading lists, TED Talks, resources for kids & parents

Tech Tips

Just getting started? Russell Library has recommendations for internet safety, learning new programs, and staying current.

All Databases

American Ancestors

Discover your family’s history. In- library access only.

Ancestry Library

Discover your family’s history. Temporarily accessible by barcode with your Russell Library Card.


Over 120 animated stories designed to strengthen early literacy skills. Click here to access from home.

Commercial Record

Real estate and financial news for Connecticut and Rhode Island.  In-library access only.

Consumer Reports

Products ratings and reviews for consumers.

Downloadable Resources

Audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, music, movies & comics.


Genealogical records from all over the world. In-library use only.

Foundation Directory Online

Information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. In-library access only.

CLICK HERE to access this resource from home. (Public access has been made available until December 31, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.)

Email Information Services with any questions.

Foundation Grants to Individuals

Up-to-date information on foundations that fund individual grantseekers. In-library access only.

Hartford Courant


findIT CT

Statewide library catalog. Books, audiobooks, ebooks.


Resume resources, job interview skills, career assessment.

Local History

Newspaper indexes and other Middletown History resources.

Mango Languages

Learn a language online! Over 70 languages available.

New York Times


New York Times, Historic

1851 – 2014.

Newspapers Database

Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles TimesWall Street Journal, Washington Post


Book reviews, sample chapters, suggestions & read-alike lists.

Reference USA

Research businesses, jobs, healthcare & more.

researchIT CT

Online reference databases for students & adults: newspapers, magazines, genealogy & more!

Universal Class

Lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available.

Value Line

Investment information and education.