Copying & Printing

The Banner Printer
How to Copy or Print

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:

  • In the Business Center on the Lower Level
  • In the printer and scanner area in the Reference Room

You can use the document scanning stations in the Business Center on the Lower Level or on the Second Floor to copy your documents. Black and white copies are available in both locations, while color prints can be processed in the Business Center.


You can print from the public computers throughout the Library. On the Lower Level, printers are located in the Business Center. 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 you have a 50¢ allocation which you can use to print up to five black and white pages or two color pages for free. Please note that two-sided copies count as two pages. Additional prints:

Black and white 10¢ per page
Color 25¢ per page
Color 11 x 17" 50¢ per page
Banner 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.

Each price below is per linear foot. What's a linear foot?

24" matte $6.00
24" glossy $7.00
24" architectural $1.50
42" matte $10.50
42" glossy $12.25
36" matte vinyl adhesive $15.00


Scanning Services


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. 

Microfilm Reader
The Microfilm Reader is located on the Second Level by the Local History section. You can digitally edit the image and then save them to a variety of cloud services, email the images, or print.


Computers in the Power Library

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.

Tech Center

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.

Children's Library Computers

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:

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard
  • Canon scanning software
  • Flash player
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer
  • iTunes
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Office 2010 (Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Word) on the Lower Level
  • Office 2007 on the Second Floor
  • QuickTime
  • Roxio Creator 9 (for CD/DVD burning)
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows 7 on the Lower Level
  • Windows XP on the Second Floor

Technology for Kids

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.

Tween Tabs
Our iPad Kits for ages 9 to 12 are loaded with apps that focus on Languages, Biographies, STEM, and the Arts. Ask a Librarian to borrow it for up to one week.

Mounted iPads
Located on the side of a bookshelf in the First Five Years section of the Children's Library, the iPads displays one early literacy app or eBook a day and is a popular stop for young patrons. 

T|E|A Room

The TEA in T|E|A Room stands for Technology, Engineering, & the Arts. It is a mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6. The space holds the Makerbot 3D Printer, iMac, iPads, Canon Rebel Camera, Yeti Microphone, Spinbots and more! 


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Check out materials with your smartphone!

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.

Update: Prefer to use the Key Ring app instead? Find us on their app! Available for Android and Apple smartphones. 

Notary Services

(photo courtesy of flickr user Jon Erickson)
(photo courtesy of flickr user Jon Erickson)

We have a Notary Public (Notary) available most hours that the Library is open. There is no charge for the service.

A Notary Public is a public servant appointed by state government to witness the signing of important documents and administer oaths.

Documents are notarized to deter fraud and to ensure they are properly executed. An impartial witness (the Notary) identifies signers to screen out impostors and to make sure they have entered into agreements knowingly and willingly.

If you need something notarized, please bring two forms of ID containing your signature, one of which must have a photo.

Examples of acceptable IDs:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Credit card 

Please don't sign the document(s) until you appear before the Notary Public.

For more information about Notary Public, please click here.


Now Open: The Digital Media Lab

Welcome to the DML!
Welcome to the DML!

We are excited to announce that on Friday, June 15th, we are opening our Digital Media Lab (DML)! 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 this spring's Imagination Gala. 

Just some of the equipment in the Lab:

  • Mac Pro with 8GB of RAM
  • Dual screen monitors
  • Bamboo Touch tablet
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Light kit
  • Greenscreen

Need some project Ideas?

  • Interview your relatives for a family history report
  • Scan your photos or 35mm negatives and slides
  • Take photos or shoot videos
  • Create Flash animations
  • Digitize your VHS tapes
  • Podcasting
  • ...the possibilities are endless!

To make a reservation, please contact the Help Desk via email or call 203-669-5238.

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 two to four hour reservable time slots. Members fourteen and up may use the Lab unassisted while anyone younger needs to be with an adult. 

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