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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.



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.

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."

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