Online Resources

LIVE Online Author Talks

Live online author talks

Summer Reading for Adults

Beginning June 1st!

Each book you log in READsquared earns points toward digital badges and enters you into a weekly drawing for a Downtown Middletown Gift Card!

Once you’ve earned enough points you’ll also receive a completion certificate you can print and share! (Please note, gift cards must be picked up in person at the library.)

Using Online Resources

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

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

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.


Mobile printing Russell Library

Book Match

Fill out one of our online forms (listed below) and our librarians will pick out books just for you! Once we have gathered your materials, we will call you. You may pick up your items inside the library or arrange Curbside Pick Up.

Book a Librarian

Request a 30 minute reference or technology appointment.

Beyond Recycling

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


Printing and Computer Services

COVID Resources

The latest info on COVID.

Digital Conversion Station

By appointment only. Digitize home videos, from VHS, 8mm, Super 8 and VHS-C, photographs, and documents by using our converting devices.

If You Need Help

Legal assistance, health services, tax help, unemployment, housing and more.

Monkeypox Info

Information from the Connecticut Dept. of Public Health

Notary Services

By appointment only. Once you submit your request, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. There is no charge for this service. 

Register to Vote

State of Connecticut Fact Sheet and online voter registration link.

All Databases

American Ancestors

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

Ancestry Library

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


Over 120 animated stories designed to strengthen early literacy skills.

Consumer Reports

Products ratings and reviews for consumers.


NEW! If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.


Downloadable Resources

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


Genealogical records from all over the world plus in-library access to digital records only available through affiliate libraries.

findIT CT

Statewide library catalog. Books, audiobooks, ebooks. No Library Card Required.

Foundation Directory Online: Essentials

A temporary 24 hour access pass to basic information on U.S. grantmakers and their funding activities. 

Foundation Directory Online: Professional

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

Foundation Grants to Individuals

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

Hartford Courant


Historic New York Times

1851 – 2014


Communicate with live tutors using an interactive whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. (Russell Library card required.)

Job & Career Accelerator

Assistance for Job Seekers


Resume resources, job interview skills, career assessment.

Mango Languages

Learn a language online! Over 70 languages available.

Middletown History Online

We have uploaded digitized documents from the Middletown Room Collection to the Connecticut Digital Archive., including the Middletown Press Indexes and Penny Press Indexes.

New York Times


Newspaper Database

Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post


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

Reference Solutions

Data on U.S. businesses and U.S. consumers.
(formerly Reference USA)

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.