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How to Use Primo - The CT State Library Discovery Tool

Do I have to login to search?

You do not have to login to search Primo. The catalog is available to the public and a library card is not required to search. However, a library card is required to borrow materials and a secured collections card is required to access the archives. Please see our policies for library cards and use of materials.

Please note that circulation rules for items held at the library do not display in guest searches. Please contact us to inquire about the availability of our materials. 

Can I search with a SuDoc or ConnDoc number?

SuDoc numbers are assigned to Federal Documents and ConnDoc numbers are assigned to Connecticut State Documents. 

SuDoc numbers and ConnDoc numbers can be entered in the search box. However, the format and spacing must match the record to return relevant results.

You can also browse the collection by SuDoc and ConnDoc numbers in the Browse Search option. The Browse Search link is in the top menu of the Primo homepage. 

If you have any questions about locating Federal Documents or Connecticut State Documents, please contact Government Information Reference Services

How do I search for books?

To find a print book in the Connecticut State Library, set your search scope to CSL Catalog. 

Search bar with scope set to CSL Catalog only.

After completing your search, refine the results to include only books that are Available at CSL.

Select available at CSL under "show only" and Books under "resource type."

Where can I find MLSC materials?

If you are interested in Middletown Library Service Center (MLSC) materials, please contact the Division of Library Development (DLD).

If you have an account with DLD, please contact DLD to reset your password. Please see the links below for DLD contact information and the Service Center website.

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