Darien Library Opening Late on January 15th

We're brushing up on our skills to serve you better!
We're brushing up on our skills to serve you better!

Darien Library will open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 15th due to a staff development day. You may access eBooks, movies, and more at Digital Darien. We look forward to seeing you at 1 p.m.!

Need a computer after we open? Please use one on the Lower Level in the Power Library. The computers on the Second Level will be unavailable till 6 p.m. while they are upgraded.

Get 50% off if you pay your Library fines now!

Image courtesy of Flickr user Ian Wilson
Image courtesy of Flickr user Ian Wilson

Now through 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 30th
(extended due to popular demand!)

Happy summer! It's the end of the Library's fiscal year, and we are cleaning up a few things while the days are long and the sun is shining. If you have overdue fees on your Library account and pay half of your overdue fees before Sunday, June 30th at 5 p.m., we'll waive the rest of them! We have extended the length of this offer due to its popularity--come in soon so you can participate. If you would like to pay your account balance, you can do so online by logging into your account, or by coming to the Welcome Desk.

This limited-time offer does not include waiving any replacement or processing charges, but it does include a great chance to improve your Library karma!

We are hiring a Part-time Reference Assistant

Position Overview

Darien Library is seeking a friendly, energetic, dedicated individual with excellent reference and technology skills to join a first-class team of professionals to provide top-notch customer service and technology support to library users.
Responsibilities include staffing active reference and technology help desks, assisting users with print and digital resources, and providing basic computer help.

The successful candidate should have experience working in public or academic libraries. The candidate must be willing and able to work independently. The candidate must have enthusiasm for helping people and the ability to multi-task. 


Hours: This is a part time position that will include weekdays, evenings, and up to two weekends per month. Candidate must be prepared to work at least 10 hours per week, but will not exceed 29 hours per week.

Salary: $15.00/hour

Qualifications: College degree and/or experience in public libraries. Enrollment in or completion of an MLS program at an ALA-accredited library sciences or information sciences graduate program is preferred. The most important qualification for this position is excellent customer service and instructional skills. The candidate must have a demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts in simple, easy-to-understand language. Familiarity with current information technology, including tablets, image and document editing is essential.

Contact Information: Email cover letter and resume to Sally Ijams, Head of Knowledge and Learning Services, sijams@darienlibrary.org.

Darien Loves Romance!

Our Valentine's Day present for you!

Happy 5th Birthday!

Five years ago today on January 10, 2009, Darien Library reopened its doors to the Darien community at the current location on Post Road. This year is also the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Library. Thank you for making us the heart of Darien. 

View time-lapsed videos of the new building's construction. 

This video was filmed and produced by Darien Government Access Television TV79.

Notice About Placing Holds

Front Entrance in Winter
Front Entrance in Winter

Due to a recent software upgrade, we are experiencing intermittent issues on placing holds. This means that sometimes when you place a hold, the hold may not go through. Other times the hold will register. We are working on fixing this issue as soon as possible. 

We apologize for any inconveniences that may occur. 

2012 Five Star Library

Image courtesy of Library Journal
Image courtesy of Library Journal

Darien Library has received a Five Star ranking from Library Journal (LJ)! This honor is based on the LJ Index of Public Library Service that compares the quantities of "library visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer usage"  (LJ FAQ) between public libraries. Our community's usage of library materials and programs makes Darien Library one of the most high performing libraries in the country. Darien Library has been designated a Star library for each of the five years that the Index has been in place. 

Each library in the Index is grouped and compared to other public libraries with a similar budget. This year, 262 libraries among 7,570 qualifying libraries were given a Star designation. Out of the 1,349 public libraries which also have a budget between $1 million to $4.9 million, Darien Library ranked ninth to become a Five Star Library. Only three public libraries in Connecticut were given a Star rating.

To learn more about the America's Star Libraries, please read Library Journal's article.


Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship

Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr.

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new children’s librarian.

We welcome your interest in the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship.

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play at the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family has funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to honor his memory, through a two-year full-salaried position for a recent Master in Library Science graduate who possesses:

  • Exemplary scholarship
  • A passion for working with children and for the development of literacy
  • Significant leadership promise
  • Strong personal qualities
  • A penchant for technology
Selection Process

The Fellowship will be open to LIS graduates from an accredited Library School in the United States or Canada who will have received his or her diploma between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2016.

Applications will be due April 1, 2016. After initial screening, interviews for finalists will be held at a mutually convenient time and place, and the finalist will be invited to visit Darien Library for a meeting with the Fellowship Committee prior to appointment.


The successful applicant will be employed at Darien Library for two years, commencing approximately July 1, 2016, with a final employment date of June 30, 2018.


The Fellow will be paid initially at the Connecticut Library Association MLS minimum salary for entry-level positions (for 2015: $51,675) with full benefits, paid membership in CLA and ALA, and funding for attendance to national conferences.

Position Parameters
Krishna Grady
Krishna Grady, 2012-2014 Fellow
At Darien Library you "can leap and the net will appear". Never afraid of failure but continually allowed to prosper and work towards being a lifelong learner.

The Fellow will work as a member of the Children's Services team, providing reference and readers' advisory services in addition to creating and conducting programs for children and families. The Fellow will be given specific, defined, high-stakes projects and responsibilities that will be determined by the successful candidate's skills and interests. The Fellowship will provide experience, growth, and challenges in the following areas:

  • Children's materials collection development
  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Marketing to defined areas of the community
  • Continuing education, professional development, and support
  • Access to the latest technology

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. (1918-2010), Chairman Emeritus and Former CEO, The McGraw-Hill Companies and Honorary Trustee of Darien Library, was a steadfast and generous supporter, esteemed leader, thoughtful mentor, and beloved friend. His support of the engagement, education, and entertainment of children was unwavering; it reflected his commitment to the important role of public libraries from the beginning to the end of the life of each person in the community. This Fellowship, created in honor of his memory, provides a transformational experience for a highly-qualified recent Library School graduate to learn from, and contribute to, the leading role the Children’s Library at Darien Library is playing in developing new services to children and their families.

Application Process

Lisa Nowlain

Lisa Nowlain, 2014-2016 Fellow
The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship has put me right in the middle of a thriving, innovative, and supportive library. Beyond professional development, I've been welcomed into an incredible team of librarians who are a pleasure to work with and inspire me daily."

All applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Two essays: In up to 100 words, tell us "One thing I know for sure." In up to 500 words, tell us "Why I will make a difference at Darien Library."
  • A video of no more than two minutes, in which you tell us which is your favorite children’s book and convince us to read it. Video submitted via an online link. Video can be emailed to fellowship@darienlibrary.org.
  • 3 References, attesting to your love of children, passion for literacy, and penchant for technology. References may be sent separately.
  • Official Graduate School Transcript
  • Official Undergraduate School Transcript
  • Application Checklist (Attached below)

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2016 and should be delivered to:

Darien Library
Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship
Attn: Cathy McLachlan
1441 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 655-1234

Late applications will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed immediately, all respondents will be advised of our decision by April 15, and first round phone interviews will be held in April. Final interviews will be completed in May 2016. The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellow will be selected and notified by June 1, 2016, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2016.

Queries can be addressed to fellowship@darienlibrary.org

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