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How to Use Primo - The CT State Library Discovery Tool

What is Primo?

Primo is the new discovery tool at the CT State Library. It includes print, electronic, and digital resources at the Hartford location, as well as resources at the Middletown Service Center and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH). Primo is a one-stop location to search for books, articles, and more! 

Search as a Guest

If you do not have a library card, you can search Primo as a guest. When searching as a guest, you will not see the circulation rules for items held at the library. Please contact us to inquire about the availability of our materials. 

Login to Search

For a more accurate search experience, login using your CT State Library card. If you do not have a library card, please see our guidelines and procedure for obtaining a library card

Password reset instructions

If you are unable to login to Primo, please contact us at 860-757-6500 to have your password reset. 

If you have an account with the Division of Library Development (DLD), please contact Grace or Judy of DLD to reset your password. 

What happened to CONSULS, the old catalog?

CONSULS was replaced by Primo on March 30, 2017. Primo allows you to search all institutions in the CSCU Library Consortium. However, you can limit your search to the CT State Library. For a search experience that is similar to using a card catalog, please see the Browse Search tab. 

Select CSL Catalog from the search bar drop down menu to search the electronic and print holdings of the State Library (including the Middletown Service Center and LBPH). 

search box set for CSL catalog searching only


If you wish to search beyond the CSL Catalog, you can select other options in the search box drop down menu. Please note that some resources may only be available within the library that owns or subscribes to them. 

CSL Catalog - Searches electronic, print, and digital resources available through the CT State Library. Primo Central - Searches CSL subscription databases, plus selected freely available resources. LBPH Large Print - Searches the collection of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Middletown Library Service Center - Searches the collection of the Division of Library Development. CSCU Library Consortium - Searches the library collections of Connecticut's 4 state universities, 12 community colleges, and the CT State Library.

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 Grace or Judy of DLD to reset your password. Please see the links below for DLD contact information and the Service Center website.