3M Cloud Library

3M Cloud Library brings you a seamless eBook and audiobook reading experience. Start your book on one device and then resume on another.

For Kindle readers, please use OverDrive.

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!

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 computer and then transfer them to your Nook tablet or Kindle Fire.

 

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 assistance, please contact the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.

 

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.

Trello Class Handout

Looking for an easy way to manage your projects?  Trello is a free collaboration tool that allows you to organize your projects and tasks. Each item is a card which can be opened up to add further comments, a checklist, labels, and attachments. If you create an organization (like for your family), you can assign tasks to individuals who are all part of that organizational group. Once tasks are completed, they can be archived. Trello works best for small groups.

Appy Hour - A List of Apps Handpicked by Our Staff

On Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. we hosted our very first Appy Hour where we brought you the latest and greatest apps to help you stay organized, kill time on the train, find the perfect recipe, or tuck the kids in at night. Stay tuned for future themed appy hours!

Library Adds to Large-Print Collection, Thanks to Generous Endowment

A large print book
A large print book

The Library has recently expanded its offering of large-print books, thanks to the Anne R. Ferguson Large Print Book Fund, a generous endowment given to the capital fund by Eric Ferguson.

With the help of this gift, the number of volumes in the large-print collection has more than tripled.

"Patrons saw the difference almost immediately," said Sally Ijams, head of Knowledge & Learning Services at the Library.

"We went at it with the intent of adding depth to the collection. Before we had some good titles, but not everything by a long shot," Ijams said. "And this also allowed us to replace worn copies of popular books, like our Agatha Christies, which are perennially popular."

Large-print versions of some of the Library's most popular books, such as Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson and Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks  are now available.

In addition to increasing the size of the collection, the Library has added new technology to serve readers with vision impairments, and the Knowledge & Learning Services staff recently made large-print books more accessible to patrons in other ways. 

"The books have also been moved to more accessible shelving on the second floor, instead of on the lower shelving in the non-fiction area," said Darien Library Chief Administrative Officer Alan Gray. In addition, the newest parts of the collection have been put on display on Main Street, making the large-print titles more accessible to everyone, Gray said. 

The gift was an important one for the Library and patrons, said Library Director Louise Berry.

"Large-print titles are so expensive to purchase that a lot of people don't buy them on their own, and therefore users of that collection rely even more heavily on access to a library collection," Berry said. "And because Mr. Ferguson's gift was made as an endowment, it will continue to benefit our users who need that format forever."

Borrow a Gadget

All equipment checkouts are limited to Darien residents, those who work in Darien, and non-resident Friends to the Library at the $300 level. Please contact the Help Desk at 203-669-5238 if you have questions. 

Drawing Tablets

Library Use only

Two drawing tablets are available for use in the Library: a Wacom CTE-630 and an Aiptek HP 12000U. The tablets can be connected to the computers via USB.


eBook eReaders

21 day checkout

The Library has serveral types of ebook readers available for checkout:  Nook, Nook Color, Touchscreen Nook, and Sony Reader Daily Edition. Each eReader comes in a tote bag with: a USB cable, a power plug, a case, and a Quick Start Guide. Those eReaders are demonstrative only, so you cannot choose your own eBooks to add to them. If you would like to choose your own eBooks, ask to borrow a 3M eReader from the Welcome Desk to access the 3M Cloud Library eBooks.


GPS Devices

14 day checkout

The Library has two TomTom One XL S GPS devicesThe units come with a USB cable, a car charger, and a Quick Start Guide. Also included with the device is a Nav-Mat, a padded dashboard mount, which will keep the unit safe and steady inside a moving vehicle.


iPad

7 day checkout

The iPad comes with a USB cable, power plug, black leather case, iPad dock, and a tote bag. 


Kill-a-Watt Meters

14 day checkout

The Kill-a-Watt Meters measure the energy consumption of electrical appliances. The meters circulate in a protective carry case, along with detailed instructions for their use, with or without a power strip. The meters measure energy consumption in volts, amps, watts, Hz, or kWh.


LCD Projector

4 day checkout

The Library has an Infocus IN1112 Projector available for use by local non-profit organizations. The projector is designed for use with a PC-compatible laptop and comes with a VGA cable, power cord, and remote control. Mac users must supply an appropriate dongle that works with their computer. 

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.

An Interview with Phil Meyer

In the spring, Darien Library hosted the Marine Art Exhibit. Marine Art is regarded as one of the most popular forms of fine art. In practice, it takes many forms, including painting, drawing, printmaking, beach scenes, and all art showing boats.  At the close of the show, we had the opportunity to interview Phil Meyer, whose incredible model ships had graced Main Street during the exhibit.  In this interview Mr. Meyer talks about the art and craft of model ship building, and points out the details of each of the ships that were displayed.

 

An Interview with Phil Meyer from Darien Library on Vimeo.

 

Our thanks to Phil Meyer for taking the time to speak with us.

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