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 darienlibrary.org/mobile.



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.
  • Digital Services: Use apps from other digital services we subcribe to such as e-magazines, language learning, and more.
  • 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
Windows Mobile

KIC Book Scanner

The KIC Scanner is located by the Reference Desk near the stairs.

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


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 online 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.

Meeting Rooms

Available to the public:

These rooms are available for two hour blocks of time. They may be reserved up to one month in advance by Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more. Please call 203-669-5236. Non-resident members may use these rooms on a first-come first-served basis. Just stop by the Reference Desk on the Second Level to sign up for your room!

Agati Media Center

Capacity: 6 

Does your group need a big screen to view a computer? You're in luck! The Agati Media Center is a collaborative work station, allowing easy access for up to four computers at a time. This space is ideally suited for students working together, entrepreneurs presenting to clients-- anything that would benefit from a big screen presentation.

Amentities include one large table, a 50 inch monitor, connections for four laptops, WiFi access, and power outlets.

Agati Media Center

Power Library Conference Room

Capacity: 6 

The Power Library Conference Room is ideal for a small meeting or study group. The large table gives you room to spread out your papers. Take your video conference call in the privacy of your own room! You can print and copy your papers as needed in SoHo which is located in the adjoining room. The Power Library Conference Room is located on the Lower Level inside the Power Library. Just stop by the Help Desk to sign up for the room.

Amentities include one large table, WiFi access, and power outlets.

Power Library Conference Room

Harris Room

Capacity: 8

The Harris Room is great for quiet working groups! The room features three windows. Two of these windows face the Library's patio so there is plenty of sunshine. From this room you are just a few feet away from a reference librarian and all of the non-fiction materials when you work in this room! There is no door on the room so this room is ideal for spreading out all of your study or work materials as you work with a few friends. The entrance to this room is behind the Travel section. The Harris Room is located on the second floor in the Research Room.

Amentities include WiFi access, a table, and power outlets. Cellphone use is permitted.

Harris Room

Writer's Room

Capacity: 6

The Writer's Room features seclusion for the talkative work group. The room features three windows overlooking the parking lot and patio. As well, two skylights provide light from overhead. From this vantage point, you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the Research Library. The Writer's Room is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Library. 

Amentities include WiFi access, a table, and power outlets. Cellphone use is permitted.

Writer's Room

Mezzanine Study Rooms

Capacity: 2

The Mezzanine Study Rooms are built for solitude! If you are looking for a little seclusion and a place to spread out your materials while you work or study, this is the room for you! Two people may be in these rooms if they are doing silent study. The three Mezzanine Study Rooms are located on the Mezzanine third floor of the Library.

Amentities include WiFi access, a table, and a power outlet.

Mezzanine Study Room

Available on approval of your application:

These rooms may be rented for a fee. Apply online or submit a paper application.

Community Room

Capacity: 171 seating; standing room capacity 225

The Community Room with its large motorized screen is perfect for film screenings, lectures, debates, and more! The Room features a piano, overhead and wall lighting. Theater style seating is available for 171 people with a maximum capacity of 225 when extra chairs are added. The Community Room is conveniently located on the main level around the corner from our Welcome Desk.

Amentities include WiFi access, a  retractable projection screen, DVD/Blu-ray player, microphones, cable TV access, a piano, and a podium.

Community Room

Conference Room

Capacity: 22 conference seating; 40 presentation seating

The Conference Room is ideal for a more intimate group meeting or presentation. The Room features six tables that can be configured as one long conference table or rearranged to meet the needs of your group. With the conference table configuration, the Conference Room can sit 22. If the tables are pushed back and extra chairs are brought in, 40 can be seated for a presentation on the large screen. Additionally, a large sidebar is available for placement of refreshments or other items. The Conference Room is located on the Mezzanine third level of the Library.

Amentities include WiFi access, a large LCD screen, cable TV access, multiple power outlets, sidebar counter, and a reconfigurable table arrangement.

Conference Room

Technology Training Center

Capacity: 12

The Technology Training Center is a powerful classroom for small groups. Students face a large screen at the front of the room where the teacher demonstrates their lesson. The small room is ideal for indepth technology classes or for computer project work. The Technology Training Center is located on the Lower Level by the Power Library.

Amentities include 12 PC computers outfitted with Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and many other programs, an instructor's PC, the large wall-mounted television screen, and a podium.

Technology Training Center

Search the Catalog With Your Voice

To get started searching Darien Library's catalog with your voice, you'll need a browser that supports voice search* and a microphone. 



*As of 10/17/2012, only Google's Chrome browser supports this new feature.


You can send faxes at the Library! Just see the Help Desk or Reference Desk for assistance. Faxes will be sent through Fax.com. You can wait for the confirmation to come in if you come to the SoHo on the Lower Level to send your fax. 


Pricing, effective July 20, 2015:

$0.25 per page



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