Interlibrary Loan

Do you need a book or an article which Darien Library doesn't have? We can try to request it through interlibrary loan! This is a service which asks other libraries to send us the book or article of your choosing.

Please note:

If your item was published within the last year, please use the suggest a purchase form.

Interlibrary Loan service is limited to Darien residents, people who work in Darien, and Library donors who contribute annually at the $300 level or above.  If you live outside of Darien, please see your hometown library's website for their interlibrary loan services.

To use the Interlibrary Loan service, your Darien Library account must have no outstanding fines.

 

PC Laptop Printing

Step 1. Connect your laptop to the "Darien Library" WiFi network if it's not already connected.

Step 2. Download the software for PC Laptops, if this is your first time using the service, otherwise, skip to the next step. Windows 8.1 users, download this version instead. After the download is complete, open your download folder and run the WindowsPrintControl.exe file to install it. You may need administrative priveleges on your user account to complete this step.

Step 3. After a first time installation, the program may autostart with a box asking to enter your library information. If this isn't your first time, or the box didn't autostart you will need to locate the software to launch it. Go to the Start Menu, Programs, then look for the newly created Wireless Print Control folder and click on the application.

Step 4. Once launched, a box will pop-up on the lower right corner of your screen. Click Start Print Session. Enter your library card number in the space provided and then you must click "Darien Wireless Printer" in the Zone ID field so that it's highlighted in blue. Please note that if you do not click on Darien Wireless Printer so that it is highlighted, your print jobs will fail with an error. If that happens, simply teminate your print session from the box at the lower right of your screen and start it again. After clicking Darien Wireless Printer in the Zone ID, click OK.

Step 5. You are now ready to print! From your application or browser, access the printing function as you would normally, shortcut Ctrl + P.  In the list of printers, make sure to change it from the default to "Wireless Printer" in the list. Click Print to send your job to the wireless print release station.

Note: When printing from a web browser, always use print preview to see what your pages will look like before sending your job.

Step 6. Once your job is sent, visit the print release station on the 2nd floor of the Library located along the wall of the main reading room. Enter your library card number on the screen, and click the button to search for submitted print jobs. Select a print job from the list and click the print button. You'll be able to choose to print your job in either color or black and white. If your print job has a cost, you can add money at our Kiosk near the Xerox printer located at the opposite end of that room. Make sure to close your session on the print release station when you've finished releasing your print jobs.

Step 7. If you are done with printing, click on the terminate application button to close the small window at the lower right of your screen. The next time you use the service, you can start from step 3.

Mac Laptop Printing

Note:  You'll need Mac OS 10.8 or higher to be able to use this service. To find your version of Mac OS, click the Apple icon in the top left corner and choose "About this Mac". 

 

Step 1. Connect your laptop to the "Darien Library" WiFi network if it's not already connected.

Step 2. Download the software for Mac Laptops, if this is your first time using the service, otherwise, skip to the next step. After the download is complete, open your download folder to find the zip file, double-click to unzip and then double-click the "DarienLibraryPrintClient" Installer file. You may need administrative priveleges on your user account to complete this step.

Step 2.1 If you get a prompt that your security preferences only allow apps from the Mac App store, here's how to change your settings: open System Preferences and select Security and Privacy.  Under the General tab, click the lock and enter your administrator username and password.  Under Apps downloaded from, select Anywhere.  Finish by selecting the lock button and opening the zip file to begin installation.

Step 3. After installation. use the 'Spotlight" search tool which is the magnifiying glass icon at the top right of your screen, to search for "PrintControl" and click on the application. You can also open your applications folder and look for the PrintControl icon to launch. You will be prompted if you want to connect to the Wireless Printer. Select Yes. 

Step 4. Once lanched, a box will pop up on your screen asking to fill in your information. Enter your library card number in the space provided and then you must select "Darien Wireless Printer" in the Zone ID dropdown menu. If successful, a small box will appear at the lower right corner of your screen.

Step 5. You are now ready to print! From your application or browser, access the printing function as you would normally, shortcut Command + P.  In the list of printers, make sure to change it from the default to "Wireless Printer" in the list. If printing from Google Chrome, sometimes you may need to select "Print using system dialog..." option at the bottom of Chrome's print dialog to be able to access the regular print menu to select the "Wireless Printer" in the list of printers. Click Print to send your job to the wireless print release station.

Note: When printing from a web browser, always use print preview to see what your pages will look like before sending your job.

Step 6. Once your job is sent, visit the print release station on the 2nd floor of the Library located along the wall of the main reading room. Enter your library card number on the screen and click the button to search for submitted print jobs. Select a print job from the list and click the Print button. You'll be able to choose to print your job in either color or black and white. If your print job has a cost, you can add money at our Kiosk near the Xerox printer lcoated at the opposite end of the room. Make sure to close your session on the print release station when you've finished releasing your print jobs.

Step 7. If you are done with printing, click on the terminate application button to close the small window at the lower right of your screen. The next time you use the service, you can start from step 3.

WiFi and Laptop Printing

Free and open Wi-Fi is available at the Darien Library. To connect, simply choose “Darien Library” from the list of wireless networks on your computer or other wireless device. Windows and Mac laptop users also now have the ability to release simple print jobs from their computer to the library's Xerox printer on the 2nd floor. 

What you'll need
  • A laptop running Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or Mac OS 10.8 or later
  • A library card number registered with Darien Library, or, a temporary guest pass issued from the 2nd floor with valid ID.
  • Administrative rights on your laptop user account to install software.
Steps to get started

Instructions for Mac Users

Instructions for PC Users

Cost

The first 5 black and white pages are free per day. 

Each additional black and white page - 10 cents.

Color prints - 25 cents.

Learn Technology with Lynda.com

Start learning now!
Start learning now!

Since October 5, 2009 Darien Library has offered lynda.com as a technology education resources. The service is available to residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and non-resident Contributors to the Library at the $300 annual level, lynda.com currently provides 1,612 online subscribers with instruction in a wide range of Mac and PC software programs. 

With Lynda, you can set your own training schedule. The site includes practice exercises and a helpful feature that keeps track of where you left off each time you end a session. In addition, upon completion of the video training, you can take part in lynda.com’s Certificate of Completion program.

How to Gain Access

Come to the Help Desk in the Power Library (aka computer room) on the Lower Level or call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238 to get started. Give us your name and email address so we can register your account. You will receive an email from lynda.com to active your account. We will then assign you to either an in-library access for a couple hours or you can access lynda.com from home for seven days. If no one is waiting, you can ask for your access to be renewed. 

 

Bloomberg Terminal

Bloomberg Terminal with two monitors

Whether you're a job seeker looking for openings or an amateur investor tracking hot stocks, bonds, and/or commodities, the Bloomberg Terminal has something to offer.The Bloomberg Terminal, located in the Cheswick Finance Center on the Library's second level, is funded by contributions to the Friends of the Darien Library and is a tremendous addition to the Library's electronic resources.

All Library patrons may use the terminal, but only Darien residents, those who work in Town or non-resident Contributors to the Library at the $300 annual level may reserve it in advance. If you would like to place a reservation, please contact our Knowledge and Learning Services staff at 669-5236 or at askus@darienlibrary.org.

Are you new to the world of Bloomberg? Help is only a click away! Sign up for a tutorial at Bloomberg U, a series of online classes designed to help the new user get the most from the resources at hand.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Instructor: 
Debbie Chavez
Status: 
Full/Closed
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, April 22nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Excel is Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software. Join us for this beginner class and learn what a cell is, how to create a worksheet, and much more!

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Form 1 3D Printer now available

High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty
High resolution replica of the Statue of Liberty

Formlabs, the manufacturer behind the Form 1 3D printer, would like to bring stereolithographic 3D printing technology to the masses. The library has acquired a Form 1 printer and would like YOU to bring your designs to reality with exquisite detail and exceptional surface finish. Built for more intricate quality designs than standard plastic extrusion printers, it uses an ultraviolet laser to cure liquid plastic resin. That's right, a LASER, pew pew pew. 

Interested in printing a toy for a gift? Inventing a prototype for a new part to manufacture? Want to blow minds at your next science fair? Whether you're a casual tinkerer, inventor, designer or other creative type looking for high quality prints, this is the printer for you. The Form 1 offers a few default resolutions: the highest resolution of 0.025mm per layer, a medium resolution of 0.05mm per layer, and a low resolution of 0.1mm per layer. It's the perfect tool for printing intricate designs. 

For more information, visit our Form 1 page.

 

Form 1 3D Printer

The Form 1 Printer

Darien Library now offers the superior printing quality of the Form 1 3D printer for our patrons. Use your imagination to print objects for work, school, proofs of concept designs, and more! 

The Form 1 high resolution printer can produce objects within 4.9 x 4.9 and 6.5 inches with resolution of up to 0.001 inches per layer using stereolithography technology. Compatible with the following file formats: .stl, .obj, and .form.

For more info on the Form 1 printer, visit the formlabs website.

How to print using the Form 1:

Submit a file that meets the above requirements to helpdesk@darienlibrary.org (15mb attachment limit), or send an Internet link to the object along with the exact specifications, otherwise bring it in to your Help Desk on a flash drive or other media.

Print time is up to 3 days from submission.

The print material is clear resin. Will have white in the future as a choice.

Cost:

25 cents per gram of the fully printed object including supports. Supports are the extra printed components that gives the structure the help it needs to print without collapsing. An example would be supports to hold up a running T-rex's head while it prints!

 

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