Our mission is to provide education, entertainment, enrichment, and community building through compassionate service to all.
We are the heart of Darien and provide experiences that people love and remember.
Darien Library is a fourteen-time Library Journal Star Library. We are among the busiest public libraries in the state, with over 1,300 people visiting on an average day.
We have the highest per capita circulation in Connecticut, with more than 32 items per resident checked out each year, and our Wi-Fi and public computers are used nearly a quarter of a million times a year. We present over 1,500 public events annually, hosting a lineup of bestselling authors, technology classes, workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs, storytimes, art classes, film series, and concerts.
Our core commitment to excellence is in our hospitality, and making sure every patron feels welcome when they’re with us.
Darien Library has built an international reputation for innovation in many of our operations and services. When it came time to build our current building, we designed the building to not only facilitate our day-to-day Library operations, but also to be ecologically responsible, and still maintain our LEED Gold certification.
Around the building, our stacks are organized in several modifications of the Dewey Decimal System, to allow our patrons to find our books more easily.
We believe innovation should be inspired by the community and driven by staff members with the freedom to make a difference.
No matter what you need, we want to be your first stop.
Our Reference Librarians look forward to those tricky questions that Google can’t answer. Our Readers’ Advisors delight in hearing about what you’ve been reading and sharing their thoughts and are always there to suggest your next favorite read. Our Children’s Librarians are there for parents trying to decide about screentime, babies who are coming to their first storytime, and kids who are falling in love with reading.
Everyone who works here is ready and excited to help you with whatever you need! And all of us are just one phone call, email, or instant message away.