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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language-learning system teaching conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. There's also an app!

Subject Guides

Academic Resources World's leading resources to aid in your research project, thesis, academic writing, or independent learning.
Books & Reading

Starting a book group?  Beginning a literary research project?  Looking for a great new read?  You've come to the right place!

Business & Investing Resources for investment analysis, personal finance, money management, and company research.
Digital DIY Learn another language, download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, or spend some time with video tutorials learning software, creative, and business skills.
Genealogy Family history, census records, obituaries, historical documents, and more!
Health & Wellness Trustworthy and reliable resources for Health related information.
Jobs & Careers Career profiles, assessment tools, college test prep materials, resume builder, industry information, and much more for the job-seeker or career-minded individual. 
Legal Start here for legal assistance and research.
Libraries Check out some of our local friends for additional resources and events!
Newsstand Indexes to some of the top newspapers and magazines.  Find current as well as historical issues.
Travel Planning a trip?  Begin here for tips, destination information, itinierary planning, as well as resources to learn a language.


Research Databases

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Academic Search Premier A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary resource covering subjects such as science, religion, psychology, engineering, language, the arts, and much more.
Access World News

Find global information on topics related to business, health, education, the environment, government, politics and more from a variety current and retrospective news media including newspapers, newswires, blogs, broadcast transcripts, periodicals and web-only content featuring the Christian Science Monitor, Connecticut Post, Darien News-Review and the Hartford Courant.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.
American Ancestors In library use only. From the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Library Edition In library use only. This premiere genealogy database is ideal for the family historian. Ancestry Library Edition provides the most genealogical information available on-line, with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections.
AtoZdatabases AtoZdatabases' Premier Business Database has over 30 million U.S. business and executive profiles. Detailed data includes: industry specifics, employee size, sales, competitors, executive titles and email addresses, historic data, and more. Search by geography, industry, executives, ownership, and much more!
AtoZ World Travel AtoZ World Travel provides the low-down on city neighborhoods and districts, in-town excursions and day trips, major attractions, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and insiders' tips on navigating the city and culture - all in a style that's both fresh and informative.
Biography Reference Bank Biographies of well known figures from all fields and countries.
Biography Reference Center Biographies of well known figures from all fields and countries.
Business Insights: Essentials A user-friendly database with company profiles including company history, chronology, investment reports, and up-to-the minute news. 
Career Cruising This is the place to start if you are looking for direction in your job search. Easy access to hundreds of career profiles, personal assessment tools to identify your strengths, and a career matchmaker that unites skills with potential careers.
Connecticut Historical Newspapers This extensive online collection offers nearly 80 newspapers published between 1756 and 1914 in the State of Connecticut.
Consumer Reports Whether looking to find the best deal on an LCD TV or researching the top-recommended used vehicles, provides ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products and services.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online An online version of the entire print encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is updated daily and has special added features including Internet links.
ERIC Filled with education-related resources, ERIC contains articles, program evaluations, curricular materials, and much more..
Gale Virtual Reference Library Gale Virtual Reference Library
GreenFile GreenFile draws connections between the environment and human impact. Whether you're looking for topics such as climate change, green architecture, pollution, recycling, sustainable agriculture, or something similar, GreenFile is the place to start!!
Health & Wellness Resource Center Contains articles from health and medical journals, pamphlets, and general interest periodicals. This database also contains medical dictionaries and encyclopedias and a searchable directory of health organizations.
HeritageQuest Trace family history and American culture using searchable images of U.S. federal census records along with the UMI Genealogy and Local History collection catalog.
iCONN Newsstand Full text of the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor, 1988-current. Hartford Courant, 1992-current. Los Angeles Times, 1985-current. New York Times, 1997-current. Wall Street Journal, 1982-current. Washington Post, 1987-current.
JobNow JobNow provides a host of services to help in every step of the job search process, including real-time resume assistance and interview coaching.
Learning Express College prep center including SAT, PSAT, ACT and AP practice tests, college admission essay help and career guidance. 
Legal Information Reference Center Indexes law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals. Also contains law-related articles from business and general interest titles.
Literature Resource Center A current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database. Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Darien Library cardholders have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. NOTE: You can only access course content through the Darien Library login page, do not login via the homepage. Darien Library accounts are not accessible through apps. Please use your mobile device's browser.
Mango Languages An online language-learning system teaching conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Create an account with your library card to track your progress. There's also an app! Browse current and historical maps relating to U.S. History, World History, Earth Sciences and more.
MasterFILE Premier MasterFILEPremier provides full text for magazines, reference books, and primary source documents and an Image Collection with photos, maps & flags. Includes Consumer Reports.
Mergent Intellect Mergent Intellect features a deep collection of worldwide business information. Coupling Mergent's expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®'s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.Mergent Intellect Mergent Intellect features a deep collection of worldwide business information. Coupling Mergent's expertise in developing products for the reference marketplace with D&B®'s private company database, Mergent Intellect offers a unique opportunity to access private and public U.S and international business data, industry news, facts and figures, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles and much more.
Morningstar Investment Research Center One of today’s most comprehensive financial databases for information about stocks, mutual funds, ETF’s and markets. Also includes analyst reports providing an extensive overview on the company's place in today's market. 
NetAdvantage From Standard & Poor's, a professional source for company analysis and investment rankings, including tools to understand personal & family financial matters.
New York Times Historical (1851-2009) In library use only. Searchable full-text and images from The New York Times archive.  Find every article, every issue since the newspaper's very first issue.
Newspaper Source Plus Provides more than 1,400 full-text newspapers, providing more than 55 million full-text articles.
NoveList Plus NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Popular Magazines Easy access to over forty popular titles, including Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, and People Magazine.
Professional Development Collection A specialized collection of high-quality journals, peer-reviewed materials, and pamphlets designed for the professional educator. Journal titles included are Booklist, Education Digest, High School Journal, Journal of Educational Research, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others.
Referencia Latina Spanish-Language database offering access to encyclopedia entries, health reports, reference books, general interest magazines, and current articles from prominent newspapers throughout Latin America.
Student Research Center Designed for the researcher in grades 6 through 12, Student Research Center includes access to a variety of resources as well as the ability to limit by Lexile score.
Teacher Reference Center Provides access abstracts and full articles for 280 peer-reviewed journals. Topics include: assessment, best practices, continuing education, curriculum development, language arts, literacy standards, science and math, higher education, current pedagogical research, and a variety of other Education related topics.
Value Line Investment Survey In library use only. Reliable, unbiased and continuously updated compendium of current and historical market and financial data spanning thousands of U.S. companies, mutual funds and other securities, industry sectors, indices and economic variables.
The Vault - Career Intelligence provides in-depth intelligence on what it's really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job. Search current jobs and internships, research a company, school or industry, get the inside scoop on what it’s really like, and find the career advice you need to launch your career.
Weiss Ratings Financial Ratings Series contains financial planning tools and financial strength ratings covering Insurance, Stocks, Banks, and Mutual Funds.
World Book Encyclopedia Find all the encyclopedia entries from the print World Book as well as current events and research articles. Sections include Today in History, Search the Ages and Special Reports.


Request FamilySearch Microfilm

Darien Library is an affiliate library with FamilySearch, allowing access to billions of microfilmed birth, marriage, death, census, land, and court records from over 130 countries.

Microfilmed records are ordered for loan directly from the FamilySearch archives in Salt Lake City, UT, at a cost of $7.50 per reel.

How to request microfilm:
  1. You will first need to create a free account at and sign in.
  2. Visit the FamilySearch Catalog to find the microfilm you would like to view. Make sure the microfilm has not been digitized and is already available online. 
  3. Follow the steps to order your film online. Pay for the requested items using a credit card, debit card or PayPal account. (The first time you order, you’ll be prompted to select your default family history center—select Darien Library.)
  4. You will receive an email when the film is delivered to Darien Library.
  5. Film will be held at the Library for three months, allowing you to view it at your convenience (ask for your film at the Reference Desk on the second level).

To learn more, contact the Knowledge and Learning Services Department (203-669-5229). 

Hurricane Sandy: Recovery Information

Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, 1:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time.
Image courtesy of NASA.
Hurricane Sandy, October 29, 2012, 1:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Image courtesy of NASA.

Now that the storm has passed, what do you do next? Check out our Guide to Storm Recovery Information.

Things that go bump in the night!

image courtesy of magikalgraphics
image courtesy of magikalgraphics

So. Funny things are happening in your house and you're not sure what's causing them. You hear tapping or knocking on the walls. The doorbell rings with no one on the doorstep. The television goes on and off all by itself. You feel a cold spot in the room but there isn't a draft or an open window nearby. Books are thrown off your shelves. You have a feeling that someone  is sitting on your couch. Worst of all, cards spontaneously leap out of the card catalog at your library! 

Actually, except for the card catalog episode, all of the signs point to the possibility you might be sharing your house with a ghost. According to Echo Bodine, author of Relax, it's Only a Ghost and professional ghostbuster, not all ghosts are evil spirits to be feared.  Rather most are simply stuck on the earthbound side of the living, not yet able to move to "the other side." Bodine specializes in de-ghosting spaces, and offers a slew of personally witnessed facts about ghosts. Hint: if you don't want to become a ghost yourself, make amends with friends and family now so you won't be afraid of facing them in the next world.

For those who like a real ghost story, check out our selection of books, all great reading on a dark and stormy night!

As for the card catalog incident, there are some things that make every librarian's blood run cold...

If you like this...

If you liked The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson and/or In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, you definitely need to put one of these titles on your list! 

Stop by the 2nd Floor display or Ask Us and we'll put a copy on hold for you.

Small Business

Thinking of starting your own business, here is a list of web sites and books that will get you started on the right path.

An Actor Prepares

Planning on hitting the stage this summer?  Make sure to check out the theatre section on the second floor, where you'll find a great collection of sheet music, monologues, and acting books ranging from classics to the newest audition strategies and techniques. 

Is there something that you don't see in our collection?  Let us know about it, and we'll be happy to get you anything you need.

Long Island Sound

photo courtesy of Flickr user thedamian
photo courtesy of Flickr user thedamian

For further information about our local treasure, Long Island Sound:

Long Island Sound Resource Center

The Nature Conservancy: Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound Foundation: Preserving. Protecting. Educating

Soundkeeper: Preserving and Protecting Long Island Sound

Long Island Sound Study: A Partnership to Restore and Protect the Sound


To teach children about waterlife where the river meets the sea, have fun with this interactive game from NOAA!

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