Due to a rise in COVID cases, masks are required when visiting the Library building.

Things to Know

  • Darien residents will be issued a library card immediately. A valid ID is required.
  • All programs and services available to Darien residents are available to those who work full-time in Darien. You may apply for a card by showing proof of employment.
  • Non-Residents may use their valid hometown library card or register by showing an ID with their current address. For additional information, please see Non-Resident Use below.
  • The Library offers a one-day grace period for all loans (except for reservation system items) - any item returned on the day of grace will not incur an overdue fee for that day.
  • Any items on a reservation system (museum passes and tech items) are exempt from our day of grace period. Fines will be assessed the day after the date due, so please return the item on the due date to avoid late fees.
  • Senior patrons — those 65 and older — are exempt from accruing overdue fees.
  • The maximum overdue charge for most materials is $5.00 per item. Items not returned will be billed at the cost of replacement plus a $5.00 processing fee.
  • If a patrons’s fees exceed $50.00, the patron will be unable to check-out items or access some library services.

How to Renew Materials

If no one else has requested the material, we are happy to renew most materials up to five times. You can renew by:

Non-Resident Use

Connecticut residents may use their hometown library card at any public library in the state. As a public library most of our programs, services and collections are available to all, but we reserve some privileges for Darien Residents, people who work in town full-time and Friends of the Library. Non-Residents are invited to become a Friend of the Library at the $300 level in order to:

  • Register for technology classes and children’s storytimes
  • Access e-Books, dowloadable audiobooks, magazines and research databases
  • Borrow technology equipment
  • Reserve study rooms

Loan Periods

Items Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fees
Books 21 days Yes $0.10 a day
14 Day Books 14 days No $0.50 a day
Downloadable e-Books and Audiobooks 21 days Yes none
Books on CD 21 days Yes $0.10 a day
DVDs 7 days Yes $0.50 a day
Express DVDs 1 day (overnight) No $1.00 a day
Games 7 days Yes $1.00 a day
Children's Playaway Views 21 days Yes $1.00 a day
Magazines 7 days Yes $0.10 a day
Children's Magazines 21 days Yes $0.10 a day
Museum Passes 1 day No $10.00 a day
iPads, Cassette or CD Player, Roku 3 7 days Yes $10.00 a day
AutoScanner 4 days Yes $10.00 a day
Digital Camcorder 14 days No $10.00 a day
Projector and Projector Screen 4 days No $10.00 a day
WiFi Hot Spot 7 days No $10.00 a day

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