You need your library card number and the email address you gave the Library when you registered. If you have forgotten which email address you gave or library card number, please call us at 203-669-5238.
What is my password?
The Library's website does not have a password. Instead, it relies on your library card number and the email address you gave the Welcome Desk when you registered your card. If you have forgotten which email address you gave, please call us at 203-669-5238.
Why can't I login with my username and password from the previous site?
For your convenience, we've changed how you log into your library website account. You will need your library card number and the email address you gave the Library when you registered. The advantage of this new login system is that you can now manage your family member's library accounts through linked account feature — a very popular request!
Can I manage my child or family member's library account?
Yes, simply go to My Account and enter your family member's library card number and the email address they have on record with the Library. Then click on Link Account to finalize the connection.
What are linked accounts?
With a linked account, you can manage other people's library accounts. You can see their checkouts, holds, fines & fees, wishlist items, and checkout history. The person whose account you're linked to cannot see your information in return.
For example, Lucy has linked to her daughter's account. Lucy can see her daughter's checkout history, what she wants to read next (wishlist), and that she has no overdue fees. Her daughter cannot Lucy's account information.
What do you mean by managed?
If you have linked access to someone else's account, you can see their checkouts, items on hold, wishlist, checkout history, and fines. You can then make changes like add money to their library account or remove a book from their checkout history.
How can I keep someone from linking to My Account?
By default, linking account is enabled. To turn it off, go to your Settings and click the button next to Account Linking.
If it says ON, people can link to your account.
If it says OFF, no one can link to your account.
Whose accounts am I linked to?
Go to your Settings and click on Linked Accounts. You can see whose accounts you've linked to so you can see their account. As well, you can see accounts linking to you.
I have linked to someone else's account. Can they see my information?
No. If you entered their barcode and email address into your Add a linked account page, you can see their information, but they cannot see yours.
Someone has linked to My Account. How can I unlink it?
Go to your Settings and click on Unlink Account to break the connection.
Sure, it's easy! If you live in Darien, simply bring in something with your Darien address on it (e.g. a piece of mail, your license, a tax bill, or your lease/mortgage agreement). If you work in Darien full-time, bring your pay stub or a letter from your employer verifying your full-time employment. Friends at the $300 level or above are eligible for a Non-Resident Member card.
I don't live in Darien. Can I checkout books here?
Absolutely! Just bring your hometown library card and we will register you in our system. Please note that eBooks and other digital content is only available to Darien residents and Friends of the Library.
Holds refers to when you "place hold" on an item so it will be taken off the shelf and waiting for you when you come to the Library. However, if the availability of the item says 0 of XX (some number), that means there is no copy right now. So you will be notified via email when your item is ready for pick up.
Where do I pick up my holds?
When holds are ready to be picked up we put them in a special area behind the Welcome Desk on the first floor. You can walk in and pick up your books without any staff assistance. Please note that books on hold still need to be checked out!
Do I have to checkout items placed on hold for me?
Yes, please check your items at the self checkouts.
Check your Checkouts & Holds list to see which items can be renewed. If it can be renewed, you'll have a checkbox which you can select. Then click on Renew Selected to renew just that item(s).
To renew all items, click on Renew All.
Where is the book or movie in the Library?
After finding the book or movie in the catalog, you will see an option to Map It on that item's listing. By clicking on Map It, you will then see a map showing the approximate location of the item in the building.
Where are the large type books?
On the Main Level, make a left at the Welcome Desk and walk through the stacks all the way to the fireplace. The large type books surround this comfortable reading space.
Where do I pick up equipment, gadgets, and museum passes?
Children and Tween items may be picked up in the Children's Library.
The Zen and Cooking iPads and museum passes are at the Welcome Desk.
All other technology items may be obtained at the Help Desk on the Lower Level.
What are 14-day books?
14-day books are the hottest items in our collection straight from the top of the bestseller lists! If you think you can read the book in two weeks or less, this is the collection for you!
You'll find 14-days on our Main Level straight across from where you enter the Library from the parking lot.
How do I return items?
Pull into the Library's driveway from Post Road. The 24/7 book drop is located between the Library and the parking lot as you drive around the building. If you drive past the fountain, you've missed it.
If you are coming into the building from the parking lot side, the book returns are in the entry way.
Once you owe $50, you will be unable to checkout items or use a computer. Please get the amount under $50 to resume using the Library's services.
Why don't seniors have fines?
To acknowledge the many years of contribution and service that our senior patrons have made to the Library, we waive overdue fees on items for patrons 65 years and older. Those who still want to pay overdue fees are welcome to make a contribution!
Wishes are items you wish to read, listen to, or watch later. You can see your list of wishes by viewing your Wishlist. You can also see the wishlists of accounts you are linked to.
Note: If your account is linked to by someone else, they can see your wishlist and checkout history. If you are the one who linked to their account by entering their library barcode number and email address, they cannot see your information.
How do I add a wish?
When looking at an item in the catalog, simply click on the heart icon to add it to your wishlist.
How do I delete a wish?
Go to your Wishlist and click on the trashcan icon to remove it.
If you email or upload your document, you will need to visit the Second Level's Wireless Print Release station. Once you log in and release the document for printing, you can pick it up at the printer.
Nope! If you print, then you pay for your print outs.
Where are the computers?
You can find computers on all floors except for the Mezzanine Level. The computers in the Children's Library are only for children and likewise, the computers in the Teen Lounge are only for teens. For adults, go to the Second Level or to the Lower Level for the main computer rooms.
Can I get on a computer if I don't live in Darien?
Yes! Please bring your hometown library card to the Welcome Desk to register it. If you're just stopping in for the day, bring your ID to the Lower Level or the Reference Desk on the Second Level. You will be issued a day pass. After that, please bring your hometown library card or consider becoming a Friend of the Library.
Is there a time limit on how long I may use a computer?
Nope! We only ask that you be considerate of how long you are on a computer during very busy periods. That's usually during power outages elsewhere in the community.
Do you have your own laptop, tablet, or phone? Then you can sign onto our WiFi network! Just connect to Darien Library. WiFi reaches out into the courtyard, so you can enjoy browsing the web outside on beautiful days.
Note: The Library's WiFi is public which means you should be careful about checking your email, bank accounts, doing taxes, or shopping while our own unprotected WiFi. If you want to check such sensitive accounts, we recommend logging onto a public computer.
iPads and other technology gadgets may be borrowed by Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends of the Library who have donated $300 or more per year. iPads are loaned out for 7 days.
The Children's Library has the TEA Room makerspace for children in grades 3 to 6. It includes a 3D printer. We host librarian-led programs and children may use the room with their grown-up when the room is available. Contact the Children's Library at 203-669-5235 or send an email to make a reservation.
Digital Media Lab
For those 14 and up, the Digital Media Lab is available. The DML is focused on digitizing video tapes, photos, slides, and negatives. You can also record and edit videos and audio. It also includes a 3D printer. Contact the Help Desk at 203-669-5238 or send an email to make a reservation.
3D Printers allow you to print a digital file into a physical object. You can download designs online or create your own. Learn more about 3D printing at Darien Library.
Can I use the 3D Printer?
Yes! You may use the printers directly or submit a print order. Read about your 3D printing options.
Does it cost anything to print a 3D object?*
If you are a child twelve and under, you may print your object for free in the TEA Room. If you are older, you may use one of the other printers for a low fee.
Can I make a 3D print from a photo?
We wish! The technology isn't there yet.
I have this item that I want a copy of it. Can I 3D print a new one?*
If you bring in something from your house (e.g. a cabinet handle, a toy, etc.) and wish to make a duplicate of it, library staff cannot design the digital file. You may learn how to do that via watching an online course from Lynda.com.
Can I scan this item and make a copy that way?
The quality of 3D scanners at this time are not as easy as scanning and making a perfect copy. You may try to use the 3D scanner located in the Digital Media Lab, but you will need to have the skillset to edit the scan file to improve it. Most scanned objects come out lumpy and are not suitable for printing.
All events and programs are free to attend. However, special programs like classes, some workshops, and the storytime lottery are limited to Darien residents, those who work full-time in Darien, and Friends of the Library who have donated $300 or more per year.
How do I learn about new events?
We announce our new events in a few different locations. Pick the one that best suits your needs:
Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12. Some programs are registered which is done during an open registration period. Others are weekly Drop-In Programs for anyone to join without prior notice. View Storytime listings