Study Rooms are available for two-hour blocks of time and may be reserved up to one month in advance by Darien residents, those who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who make an annual donation at the $300 level or above. To reserve a room, please call 203-669-5236. Non-resident members may use these rooms on a first-come first-served basis, stop by the Reference Desk on the Second Level to check on availability. Please note: Study Rooms are not available for individual or group tutoring sessions. For more information about tutoring at Darien Library, please see the Tutor Policy.
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.
The Harris Room is great for 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! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for free 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.
Come use our three scanners in SoHo on the Lower Level for your copying needs! The copiers support pages up till 11 x 17" in size in color and black & white.
You can print from the public computers throughout the Library. On the Lower Level, printers are located in the Power Library and in SoHo. There is also a printer in the Children's Library's Tech Lab. Please see the Reference Desk for assistance with the Second Floor printer.
Each day the first five black and white pages are free. Please note that two-sided copies count as two pages. Additional prints:
Do you need to print a birthday banner or a poster? Send your PDF file to the Help Desk 24 hours ahead of time and we will have the banner waiting for you to pick up. Banners cost $6 per square foot for matte (i.e. not shiny) paper. For example, a 2 ft x 3ft banner would cost $36. Shiny paper costs $7 per square foot. The widest print available is 42 inches.
To copy or print, you will need to add money to your library card. You can add funds by cash or credit card at the kiosk machine located throughout the Library at:
Need high quality scans of photos or documents? Come to the Lower Level's Power Library to borrow a scanner while you work. These scanners can be attached to any Library computer in the Power Library or Tech Center using only the USB cord.
Slides and Negatives Scanner
To scan your slides and negatives, come use the scanner in the Digital Media Lab (DML). You can scan up to five slides at a time. Access to the DML is limited to Darien residents, people who work in Darien full-time, and Friends who have donated $300 or more. Just stop by the Help Desk or call 203-669-5238 to make a reservation.
Bookeye 4 KIC Scanner
The KIC scanner can handle books, magazines, photographs, and newspapers in a variety of sizes, and scans up to a 17-inch by 24-inch area at a time. It's easy to use, simply follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen. If you need assistance, please ask a Reference Librarian-- they would be happy to assist you!
Scan to Email
Need to quickly scan a document and send it via email? Just visit the copier machine in the back left corner of SoHo on the Lower Level. Simply enter your email address and place your document in the feeder with the text facing the ceiling to get started. Documents will arrive in your email as PDFs. Ask for assistance at the Help Desk.
We have 50 public computers available in the Library. The computers are primarily on the Lower Level in the Power Library and Tech Center. There are eight computers for children in the Children's Library. Seven additional computers are on the second floor. You are guaranteed one hour session every day. Printers and copiers are also available. Business supplies are services are available in SoHo.
To use a computer, you just need your Library card. If you are not a Darien resident, just register your hometown library card at the Welcome Desk when you enter the building. We also issue one day guest passes at the Help Desk when you present your photo ID. All users are expected to abide by the Library's Internet Use Policy and Guidelines.
Computers in the Tech Center are available when no classes or workshops are being held. These twelve computers have the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 which includes Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
The Children's Library has eight computers for children and their caregivers and a printer. Headphones are available for check-out for children.
The following programs are available on all computers:
Early Literacy iPads
The Early Literacy iPads are preloaded with apps and eBooks specially selected by the Librarians to support learning in kids ages 2 to 5. The apps help kids expand their vocabularies and reinforce their concept knowledge (the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, etc.). They may be borrowed for up to one week.
Our Android tablets for ages 8 to 12 are loaded with fun games like Temple Run, Angry Birds Space, Ninja Chicken, and more! Ask a Librarian to borrow it for up to two hours in the Library.
Children's Library Tech Lab
The Children's Library has it's own computer lab consisting of six computers, a printer, and a mounted screen. It's used for children's technology programs and can also be reserved for scout meetings.
The "giant iPad" is a horizontal, touch-screen computer that lets kids paint, put puzzles together, play the piano, and more.
Located on the side of a bookshelf in the First Five Years section of the Children's Library, the iPad displays one early literacy app or eBook a day and is a popular stop for young patrons.
You can now use your smartphones to check out books, DVDs, and more at the self checkouts! In this video, we demonstrate how to use the CardStar app which is available for both Android and Apple smartphones.