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 online resources for information, education & entertainment

Audiobook Cloud

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

The British Museum

The British Museum’s collection is online! Explore 2 million years of history.  (No library card required.)

Coursera: Free Classes for Teens

From calculus to guitar for beginners, Coursera helps high school students everywhere keep learning. (No library card required.)


While the library is closed, you can borrow materials virtually.  Download Audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, music, movies & comics. (Russell Library card required.)


Happiness is… baking for others, blanket forts, gratitude, music and more. Discover the things that make us all happy.

Hartford Courant

1992-current (Russell Library card required.)


Resume resources, job interview tips, career assessments, job & interview coaching. (Russell Library card required.)

Kids & Teens: Online Resources

We also 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

Mango Languages

Learn a language online! Mango is a self-paced learning program. Over 70 languages available. (Russell Library card required.)

New York Times

1985-present (Russell Library card required.)

Project Gutenberg

A library of over 60,000 free classic eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. (No library card required.)

Relaxation & Recreation

Fun things to do online or in your home. Also, tips on working and learning at home. All ages. (No library card required.)

researchIT CT

Online reference databases for students and adults: newspapers, magazines, journals, genealogy, ebooks & more. (No library card required)

TED Talks

3300+ talks to stir your curiosity. (No library card required.)

Tech Tips

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

Tips for Staying Home

Resources to help you cope with the current crisis.

Universal Class

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

Virtual Tours of Famous Places

Russell Library has gathered together some of the best virtual tours on the Internet. Travel the world from home! (No library card required)

Wildlife & Nature Livecams

Webcams from around the globe. (No library card required.)

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 August 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.


Investment research center. Companies, Funds, ETFs, Markets, etc.

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.