Get Help While On The Go

Tired of Google being unable to find you the correct answer? Darien Library's reference librarians are here to help while you are on the go!

To get started: Text AskDL to 66746 (standard text rates apply).
 
We are available to answer your text messages during regular Library operating hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm  

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm  

Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Darien Library = The Great Good Place

"Great good places" are defined as third places; in contrast to home (first places) and work (second places), third places are the heart of the community -- a neutral place where people gather and interact. In his book, The Great Good Place, author Ray Oldenburg explores the essential roles served by the third place and its impact on the social vitality of the community.

Heart of the Community. Gather. Essential. Social vitality. These are all words that happen to describe Darien Library, don't you think? Manny Perez, documentary filmmaker must have thought so, too. After months and months of filming at Darien Library... and getting to know us... and our members... and all we strive to achieve, this documentary director/photographer/editor/producer aptly named his documentary film about us, "Darien Library: The Great Good Place."

During the months and months of filming, we also got to know Manny Perez -- a talented, tireless, devoted, and creative filmmaker and man of integrity. We are so proud to have had the opportunity to work with him. We are also proud to premiere the documentary to the public today and say "Greetings from The Great Good Place."

Darien Library: The Great Good Place from Darien Library on Vimeo.

Darien High School Reunions

 

 

 

 

 

Darien High School Class of 1954 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1958 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1959 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1960 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1962 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1963 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1966 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1967 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1971 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1978 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1981 Reunion

Darien High School Class of 1985 Reunion

Note: Bold type indicates that the website is hosted by the Darien Library.

If you belong to a Darien nonprofit community organization and would like to have your organization's website hosted by the Darien Library or listed here, you are invited to contact Darien Community Information Network, c/o Darien Library, 1441 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820, 203-655-1234, Email: webmaster@darienlibrary.org

New Technology for the Vision-Impaired at the Darien Library

Enhanced-Vision Workstation
Enhanced-Vision Workstation

Job #1 for the Darien Library is providing excellent customer service to all of its patrons. Now, thanks to a generous contribution from The Darien Lions Club, we are able to extend a helping hand to those among our patrons who are vision-impaired. Located on the Library's second floor within easy reach from the elevator, our new Enhanced-Vision Workstation is well-equipped to meet a wide range of visual impairments.

The workstation consists of a Dell Optiplex 760 computer, a 24-inch monitor, a Topaz magnifier with hand and foot controls, stereo speakers, and a portable scanner. The Topaz magnifier allows the user to enlarge printed material for easy reading on the attached monitor. The Dell computer has a variety of specialized software installed, including ZoomText, which allows the user to magnify and/or highlight the information displayed on the monitor, and OpenBook, which can be used to scan and to read aloud printed material. Vision-impaired individuals can browse the Internet, check the Library's catalog and web site, read a book, watch movies, and more. The portable scanner provides access to more personal printed materials, such as bills and letters, all of which can be scanned in and magnified or read aloud. Headphones are provided for privacy.

If you or someone you know is vision-impaired and would like to use this special equipment, please call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.

Congratulations, John Blyberg!

John Blyberg, Assistant Director – Innovation and UX (User Experience) here at Darien Library, is the 2009 recipient of the LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award for his development of the Social OPAC application suite. The LITA/Brett Butler Entrepreneurship Award, established in 2004, is given to recognize exemplary entrepreneurship by providing an innovative product or service designed to meet the needs of the library world through the skillful and practical application of information technology. Social OPAC (http://thesocialopac.net), also known as SOPAC (for Social Online Public Access Catalog), is a suite of open source software (OSS) tools that brings the power of social computing and Web 2.0 to library catalogs. 

John planned and designed the Darien Library’s new website, which launched in September 2008. The new design and software he created has integrated our website with its online catalog to improve the experience for users and to allow them to participate in the social aspects of the catalog by tagging, writing reviews, and managing their own accounts.

“SOPAC 2.0 was created in response to requests from other libraries for a package that would easily enable them to implement social computing functions in their [catalogs],” John said when notified that he’d won the award. “I’m honored to have been selected for this award, and to have been of service to the library community.”

“We are very proud of John for this achievement,” Library Director Louise Berry said. “He has made a really significant contribution to the library world.”

The award will be presented at the LITA President’s Program in July at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) is a division of the American Library Association.

Congratulations, John!

Five Stars!

Five Stars!
Five Stars!

We've Been Named a Five Star Library by Library Journal!

Darien Library received a signal honor this month when named a Five Star library by Library Journal, which used four objective measures (visits, circulation, program attendance and internet computer use per capita) to compare the level of services libraries provide to their communities.

Darien Library was ranked third among the 1,126 public libraries with budgets between $1 million and $5 million, becoming one of ten Five Star Libraries in this category, and one of 85 Five Star libraries in the country, among more than 7,000 libraries in the study.

The Library Journal Five Star award, together with the HAPLR Top Ten rating, which Darien has received for the past eight years, mark Darien Library as one of the highest performing libraries in the country. Darien Library also received the CT State Library/CT Library Association Award for Excellence in 2003.

Library Director Louise Berry said, “The Library Journal Five Star award in a sense recognizes the quality of the staff, collection and programs here at Darien Library, and, because it is based on how actively the Library is used, is a direct measure of the community’s support for the Library. We’re all very pleased to have received this recognition.”

Darien Library was one of six libraries in Connecticut to receive a rating in the Library Journal survey. Greenwich Library was the other local library to receive a Five Star rating. More information can be found by visiting Library Journal.

Small Office Home Office Copy (SoHo) Center

SoHo

The Small Office Home Office Copy (SoHo) Center is located on the Lower Level inside the Power Library.  The available equipment is perfect for the small business owner, entrepreneur, or student users. These services and supplies are competitively priced!

Equipment

 

Supplies
  • CDs (R and RW)
  • DVDs (R and RW)
  • Manilla folders
  • Envelopes
  • Index cards (100 pack)
  • Earbud headphones
  • Headphones

WiFi

Free and open Wi-Fi is available at the Darien Library. To connect, simply choose “Darien Library” from the list of wireless networks on your computer.

Desktop Laminator

The large laminator in all its glory!

Need to laminate a document? Then come down to the Small Office Home Offie (SoHo) on the Lower Level! Our laminator can laminate papers up to 11" x 17". We also offer laminating pouches in two thicknesses: 3-mil ($1/page) and 5-mil ($2/page). Since the machine gets very hot during the lamination process, the laminator is operated by the Library's Help Desk staff.

For more information on the laminator or any other Library technology, call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.

Darien Library Home Delivery Service

We deliver!

Darien Library offers home delivery service of books, movies, magazines, and audiobooks for those who cannot visit the Library in person.

Volunteers will deliver borrowed items to your home and will also return them to the Library.

To request a delivery,  call Pat at 203-669-5248.

 

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