Borrow a pass to MoMA from the library!

Borrow this tote for your trip to MoMA!
Borrow this tote for your trip to MoMA!

We are pleased to announce a new highlight in the Darien Library collection: passes to the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan!

The Library has seven of these passes available as part of a kit for visiting MoMA—the kit also includes some tips and tricks for making the most of your visit, a MoMA guidebook, a Metro-North train schedule and driving directions, and other tidbits. Each pass admits five people over the age of 16—those under 16 always visit MoMA free. So you can plan to take a big group with you!

How to reserve a pass:

The passes circulate for one week, in periods that run from Tuesday to the following Monday. For example, the first borrowing period will be between Tuesday, September 24 and Monday, September 30. Rather than placing them on hold like a book, you will reserve them for a specific week, which should make it easier to plan your visit. Passes can be reserved in person at the Welcome Desk, or over the phone (203-669-5239). At this time, passes can only be reserved by residents, members who work in Darien, and Friends of the Library at the $300 annual level or above.

Digital Media Lab

The DML's purpose is to give the Darien community access to high quality equipment for their digital projects. The room and equipment is reserved for special projects instead of general computing which is available in the Power Library. The lab was made possible thanks to the Friends of the Library and a reverse auction held at the 2012 spring's Imagination Gala.

To make a reservation, please contact the Help Desk via email or call 203-669-5238. If you will need help in using the equipment, please ask for a one-on-one appointment as well.

Use of the Lab is available for Darien residents, those who work in Town, and Friends at the $300 level or higher. The Lab will be available for 2 to 4 hour reservable time slots. Members f14+ may use the Lab unassisted while anyone younger needs to be with an adult.

Digital Media Lab

3D Printer

Print your own creation or an object from Thingiverse. Learn more about 3D printing.

Mac Pro Computer

This computer has the Mountain Lion OSX operating system and 8 GB of RAM.

Dual Screen Monitors

These wall-mounted 23" monitors are adjustable since they are mounted onto movable arms.

Green Screen

Pretend to be anywhere that you can dream using the green screen! Simply record a video against the greenscreen and then import that footage and your digital background into Final Cut Pro or iMovie.


Use the camcorder only in the DML. 

Light Box

Use this light box to film or take photos of your Etsy items!

Lighting Kit

Each light stand comes with a light, reflector, adjustable stand, and an umbrella. 

3D Mouse

Use the 3DConnexion mouse to navigate in Google Earth.

Wacom Bamboo Tablet

A Wacom tablet has verstile uses from being used to create art, signing documents, or helping relieve pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.


Scan your photos, documents, 35mm slides, and 35mm negatives.


Use these monitoring headphones for great feedback on your records in the DML.

External Hard Drives

Check out an external hard drive to take your project files home! Compatible with Macs and PCs

Yeti Mics

With three mics available, you can bring along your friends to record a podcast, singing, and so much more!


Audio Production

  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity
  • GarageBand

DVD Creation

  • Titanium Toast

eBook Creation

  • iBooks Author

Image Creation & Editing

  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6

Video Editing

  • Adobe After Effects CS6
  • Adobe Premiere CS6
  • Compressor
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Handbrake
  • iMovie

Website Building

  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Adobe Flash CS6
  • TextEdit

3D Modeling

  • Blender
  • Google SketchUp
Suggested Projects


Darien Library Mobile App

Darien Library Mobile App
Darien Library Mobile App

Access Darien Library on the go! Our mobile app will be available on Monday, July 1st, 2013 for all major platforms including iOS for iPhone/iPad and iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire and coming soon, Windows 8 phone.

Features include:

  • searching the catalog
  • placing and deleting holds
  • checking account information
  • downloading OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks
  • library event listings
  • general information such as hours and contact information
  • Facebook and Twitter feeds

Bonus features include using your device's camera to check out items right off the shelf to your account, and also scanning a book's ISBN number, for example, in a bookstore or a friend's house, to check if our library has a copy.

For more information, visit



Darien Library Mobile App

Darien Library App

Darien Library at your fingertips.

  • Book Look: While browsing in a bookstore, check to see if the Library already owns that book.
  • Self-Check: Use your phone's camera to check out items right off the shelf.
  • Catalog Search: Find and place holds while on the go. 
  • OverDrive Downloads: Check out eBooks and audiobooks.
  • Event Listings: Find out what's happening at the Library today. 
  • Hours and Contact Information: Need to give us a call? Do it with one click.
  • Keep It Social: We're keeping things lively on Facebook and Twitter.

Apple App Store
Google Play Store
Amazon App Store

KIC Book Scanner

The KIC Scanner is located between the Reference and Magazine Rooms

Darien Library is now home to a Bookeye 4 Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) scanner. The KIC scanner will save you time and money by allowing you to just scan the information you need from books without printing a copy out!

How to use KIC:

When you find a book or document that you wish to scan, bring it to the KIC scanner. Set the item on the KIC scanner with the pages open to the selection you would like to copy. With a push of a button, the KIC will scan the pages onto its screen in full color. The KIC scanner can handle books of a variety of sizes, and scans up to a 17-inch by 24-inch area at a time.

After scanning, you can crop and enlarge images from the touch screen to the right of the scan bed, and retrieve your images in a variety of ways::

  • save scans to a USB
  • email the scan as a text searchable PDF
  • create an audio files

Got questions? Just stop by the Reference Desk and ask for help!

Self Check-outs at Darien Library

One of our four self check machines on Main Street
One of our four self check machines on Main Street

Take control of your library visit by visiting one of our four self check-outs on our main level. 

  • Email yourself the check-out slip as a reminder of due dates
  • Renew your items at the self-check outs
  • Check out your items using your smartphone
  • Forget your card? Just type in your barcode number
  • Choose between two languages for the interface: English and Spanish


Winter 2013 Technology Classes

Darien Library's Technology Classes support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Darien Library's Technology Classes support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

Monday, December 17th to Monday, December 31st

Mark your calendars! Registration for our Winter 2013 Technology Classes will be going online soon. We welcome teen registrants to sign up as we offer more classes after school. Classes include how to start a successful small business on Ebay and Etsy, covering social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, learning to build our own websites, and more!  Sign up on Monday, December 17th.

One-on-One Assistance

We also offer one-on-one private sessions. If you need to learn how to use a computer, just sign up and we'll contact you to set up a session. If you are need help starting or finishing a project using programs like Photoshop, Excel, or to use the Digital Media Lab (DML), sign up for project assistance. Otherwise, contact the Help Desk at 203-669-5238 to ask about getting started with the video tutorial website,

Meeting Rooms Policy

Statement of Policy:

The Darien Library subscribes to Article IV of the Library Bill of Rights which states that facilities should be made available to the public served by the Library on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

The Darien Library regards the availability and use of its Meeting Rooms as an integral part of its service to the community. In that regard, Meeting Rooms are available, when not required for Library activities, to Darien non-profit organizations engaged in educational, cultural and intellectual activities consistent with the Library’s mission statement and objectives (Non-profit organizations not known to Darien Library will be asked to demonstrate their non-profit status, and that their activities are consistent with the Library’s mission statement and objectives), to Town of Darien Boards and Commissions, formal Darien neighborhood organizations, State of CT and United States governmental organizations, and to Darien for-profit organizations for their own internal purposes only.

What's Available:

The following Meeting Rooms are available for use on approval of written application:

  • Community Room (maximum seating for 171 people; room capacity 225)
  • Conference Room (maximum of 22 people seated at a conference table, or approximately 40 if seated for a presentation; room capacity 50)
  • Technology Training Center (maximum of 12 people)

The following Rooms are available for reservation in advance by Darien residents, those who work full time in Darien, and non-resident Friends of the Darien Library at the $300 annual level. (contact Facilities Manager or Knowledge and Learning Staff):

  • Power Library Smart Study Room (maximum of 6 people)
  • Second Floor Harris Room (Open Door) (maximum of 8 people)
  • Mezzanine Lautenbach Writer’s Room (maximum of 6 people)
  • Mezzanine Quiet Study Rooms (Three) (maximum of 2 people)

Rooms are booked in two-hour slots. Rooms are held for 15 minutes after reservation begins and may be forfeited after that time.


All meeting rooms are available for use at the following times:

Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Community Room and Conference Room may be available for use at times outside the Library’s normal hours by special request and payment of additional fees.

Application Procedure:

The Facilities Manager or Office Manager will provide an Application form to any qualified applicant, and will process Applications in order of their receipt. The Application is available on line at the Library’s web site. The Library’s Director reserves the right to cancel any approved reservation with notice. An appeal of this decision may be made to the Library’s Board of Trustees.

Every applicant will designate the individual responsible for supervision of the use of the Meeting Room, and who will be responsible for damages and additional cleaning required afterwards.

What it Costs:
For Use by Not-for-Profit Organizations
Meeting Rooms Rate
Community Room $25.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Conference Room $25.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Technology Training Center $75.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Other Meeting Rooms No charge
For Use by For-Profit Organizations
Meeting Rooms Rate
Community Room $150.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Conference Room $100.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Technology Training Center $150.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)
Other Meeting Rooms $50.00 /hr. (2 hour minimum)

All Meeting Rooms are available at no charge to Town of Darien Boards and Commissions, and State of CT and United States governmental organizations.

Use at any time of any technology in the Community Room or Conference Room except for the microphone will require payment of $50.00 per hour (or part thereof) to reimburse the Library for technology staff time. Use of any meeting room by any organization before or after regular Library hours will require a payment of $50.00 per hour (or part thereof) to reimburse the Library for staff time. Fees or expenses are to be paid in advance by check to the “Darien Library”. Town of Darien Boards and Commissions are exempted from these requirements. Receipt of written notice of cancellation at least 48 hours before the scheduled reservation is required for refund of fees paid.

Insurance Requirement:

For events outside of regular Library hours, a Certificate of Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 Combined Single Limit of Liability for Bodily Injury and Property Damage is required.  This may be obtained from your insurance agency and must be provided before approval of your reservation request.  The Town of Darien and the Darien Library must be named as “Additional Insureds” on the Insurance Certificate for the times the Meeting Room is requested.

Other Terms:
  1. Meeting Rooms are not available for business solicitations or fund-raising purposes.  The Library Director may require any Application be submitted to the Board of Trustees for prior review, and may require additional supporting information to be provided.
  2. Library sponsored events receive priority in scheduling. Availability of the Meeting Rooms at all other times shall be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. The Facilities Manager’s approval is required in advance for all publicity and all items that will be distributed at a meeting at which the public is in attendance.
  4. The fact that a group is permitted to use a Meeting Room does not in any way constitute an endorsement of the group’s policies or beliefs by the Library. The Library may require any publicity to include a statement confirming this.
  5. The Library reserves the right to impose limitations on the frequency of use of the Meeting Rooms by an organization or individual.
  6. The Facilities Manager, in consultation with the Library Director, is authorized to determine the appropriate use of the room. In case of denial of use, appeal may be made in writing to the Library Board of Trustees. The decision of the Board of Trustees will be final.
  7. Admission fees are not to be charged by any group using the Meeting Rooms.
  8. Non-library groups and individuals are not to use the Library’s address and phone number as their own.
  9. Refreshments are permitted for scheduled events in the Community Room and Conference Room.
  10. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Library or on Library grounds.

Adopted by the Darien Library Board of Trustees on December 17, 2012.

Meeting Rooms Application

You can submit an online application for a meeting room or download and fill out out this document. Ways to return this paper document:

  • Leave it at the Welcome Desk for Lois
  • Mail it: Lois Calka 1441 Post Road Darien, CT 06820

Please note that an application is only required for the Community Room, Conference Room, or for the Technology Training Center. All other rooms may be reserved for free. Please see the Meeting Rooms page for more information.

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