Darien Library to Launch New Website and Catalogue System June 1st

A sneak peek at the new catalog
A sneak peek at the new catalog

Darien Library is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of its new website on June 1, 2016. The new website is designed to be a user-centric portal to library events, services, and materials. The new website will launch with SOPAC3, Darien Library’s ground-breaking new catalog system.

The new website overlaps with the catalog and provides a feature-rich patron account experience that includes integrations with the website’s event calendar. Users will be able to register and RSVP for events and keep track of their library activities from their profile screen. The system now also seamlessly includes both physical and digital checkouts on the account page, giving users the information and tools necessary to manage all of their circulation activity. Users are given direct control over their checkout histories and will now have the ability to maintain a wish list of items from the catalog they may want in the future. Numerous other features have been introduced, such as integration with Darien Library’s eCommerce system, Envisionware, so that users can now check their account balance in addition to their fines and fees.

The new system introduces linked accounts. Linked accounts allow family members to link to other family members’ cards so that they can, for example, conveniently see what their children have checked out without having to log in separately. This is a feature that was designed and introduced as a result of direct patron feedback. We believe this will make the web experience for parents and caregivers much easier.

Darien Library has adopted a completely new paradigm when it comes to the new catalog interface. SOPAC3 abandons the bibliographic record level search and uses its own works level concordance at the discovery layer. From a user experience perspective, this is a game changer because it organizes all content types for a title into a single record. No longer will a user see one record for a book, another record for large type, a record for each ebook vendor, and yet another for audiobook. They will see one result with a simple, easy-to-use interface to select the format of their choice. E-Content from Overdrive and Bibliotheca (formerly 3M) can be checked out or placed on hold directly from the catalog with a single click. Work views feature a “look inside” option for previewing titles as well as embedded audio excerpts. Integrated book recommendations are powered by Zola Books’ “Bookish Recommends”.

The website has been designed to be clean and responsive so that it may be viewed on mobile devices. The new website has been in planning for several years and in active development since October 2015. Design decisions were influenced primarily by direct member feedback. The User Experience department at Darien Library wants the new site to feel natural, be a pleasure to use, and become a seamless companion to the library experience.

Library Closed for Party On Post

A beautiful summer day
A beautiful summer day

We will be closed on Saturday, May 21st as we prepare for our Party On Post fundraiser. If you don't want to miss out  — and the auction items are even worth more Hamiltons than usual — be sure to buy your ticket now. 

But we're not leaving you high and dry! While our building is closed, you can find us on Saturday, May 21st from 2 to 5 p.m. at Grove Street Plaza by Melting Pot restaurant. We'll bring our Book Trike and invite you to join us for an afternoon of communal reading. 


Service Disruption on May 4th

Tech Center
Tech Center

Wednesday, May 4th 

We are upgrading our printers and copiers. You will not be able to print or make copies during this time. Please expect a service disruption for most of the day. When the work is complete, we will update patrons via Facebook and Twitter. 

We apologize for any inconvienences this may cause. 

Library Closed for Easter Sunday

Photo by 1smrtcookie / CC BY 2.0
Photo by 1smrtcookie / CC BY 2.0

Sunday, March 27th

In observation of Easter Sunday, Darien Library will be closed. The Weather Channel forecasts a sunny day at 54 degrees, so we hope you enjoy the warm weather! 

While we are closed, you can still access eBooks, eMagazinesvideos, and music without leaving home. 


Library Open on Sunday, January 24th

Not a photo from Blizzard 2016
Not a photo from Blizzard 2016

Darien Library will be open on Sunday, January 24th at our usual hours of 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Darien Library Opening Late on February 4th

We're brushing up on our skills to serve you better!
We're brushing up on our skills to serve you better!

Darien Library will open at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 4th due to a staff development day. You may access eBooks, movies, and more at Digital Darien. We look forward to seeing you at 1 p.m.!

Join us at 7 p.m. on February 4th for the Louise Parker Berry Lecture with Susan Salgado.

Holiday Closings

These candles light up the Library each night.
These candles light up the Library each night.

The Library's holiday hours: 

  • Thursday, December 31st: Close at 6 p.m.
  • Friday, January 1st: Closed

However, you can still download eBooks, eMagazines, eAudioBooks, Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Comics from the Library 24/7. 

Happy Holidays!


Library Closing Early on December 10th

Greetings from our heron!
Greetings from our heron!

The Library will be closing early on Thursday, December 10th at 5 p.m. 

Just because we're closed doesn't mean you have to miss out on checking out eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, movies, music, and TV shows. You just need your Darien Library card number and then head over to Digital Darien to find out how to get started. 

Challenge Accepted, Greenwich Library

Help us win!
Help us win!

Tuesday, December 1st through Thursday, December 31st

Greenwich Library has challenged us to a fundraising Book Bowl, and we have accepted. This month-long challenge starts on #GivingTuesday, and will continue until midnight on December 31st.

Each and every gift to the Annual Fund makes Darien Library the intellectual and cultural heart of Darien, and one of the best libraries in the nation. Every gift goes directly to the purchase of the books, movies, and technology and to the support of the countless programs - author visits, movies, storytimes, music and art lectures - offered throughout the year.

And this month, every gift will help us beat Greenwich! 

In the words of our Board President Tad Smith, “Darien is always up for a competition with Greenwich, whether it be on the sports field or a Book Bowl. Bring it on!”

Donate now.

Library Closing Early Friday, November 13th

Fore! The Library will be closing early Friday, November 13th as we set up for our Mini Golf Fundraiser. The second and mezzanine levels of the Library will close at 2 p.m., while the rest of the Library will close at 6 p.m. There will be no Friday Night Film this week. The Library will be open our normal hours on Saturday, November 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though it will probably be a little nosier in here than normal! See you on the course!

All funds raised from Mini Golf go directly to the purchase of all of the books, movies, and technology as well as the support of countless programming opportunities throughout the year.

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