Computers

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. 

Software

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 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.

Microsoft Surface
The "giant iPad" is a horizontal, touch-screen computer that lets kids paint, put puzzles together, play the piano, and more.

Mounted iPad
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.

Services

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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. 

3M Cloud Library

3M Cloud Library brings you a seamless eBook reading experience. Start your book on one device and then resume on another. Have questions? Please send an email for assistance.

Darien Library was one of ten beta test locations for the 3M Cloud Library this year. Now thanks to you, the 3M Cloud Library is a fully mature service! We continue to be part of the 3M process by being an Advisory Board member. Therefore, if you encounter any bugs or have any suggestions, please send us feedback via the button below. 

3M Cloud Library

 


Use the Mobile App

You can download the 3M Cloud Library app to your Android or Apple mobile device to get started reading your eBooks now! Read the handout.

Borrow a 3M eReader

Choose your 3M eBooks from the Discovery Station located on Main Street. Then go to the Welcome Desk to check out a 3M eReader.

On Your Personal eReader

You can download eBooks to read on your home PC or then transfer them to your Nook, Nook Touch, Nook Color, or Kobo eReader.

 

Eligibility

Downloadable eBooks, Audiobooks, and the borrowing of eReaders are available to Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends of the Library who have donated $300 or more.

For help, please contact the Welcome Desk at 203-655-1234.

 

Books for Website Makers

A Book Apart series
A Book Apart series

Do you build websites or dream of doing so? This collection of seven short books will change the web of you think of website design, content strategy, and building a website that is accessible across all devices. If you are looking for other web design sources, you can start with A List Apart from the people behind these books, learn how to code with Code Year, and learn new tips at CSS-Tricks.

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