Spotlight: Russell Library

Though there is no denying that we have a word-class library at our disposal (or three), Middletown’s own Russell Library is a comfortable, secluded spot only slightly, but sufficiently, removed from the bustle of campus.

All images by Jerry Dougherty

Only a block away from Main Street’s coffee shops, with free wireless and computer access (and a sizeable collection), Russell Library is a spot worth getting to know. The building surrounds a lovely inner courtyard, which sometimes hosts concerts and performances.


It’s also got some quirky artwork and stained glass to make Wesleyan students feel more at home… And some ’70s charm for the Sci-Li crowd.

Russell Library has been serving the Middletown community since 1876 and remains committed to serving as “A Gateway to the Future of Middletown.” With programming for children, teens, and adults, the library staff is committed to serving the very real and evolving needs of the town. Step oh so slightly outside of the bubble and enjoy our tax dollars at work.

It’s free to get a library card, and with a stunning exterior and a clean, calm, and cozy inside, it rivals Olin for charm, if not good gossip.

Russell Library is located at 123 Broad Street (what a great address!); hours vary by day. You can reach the helpful staff at 860-347-2528.

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