We are open normal hours.

Welcome to Darien Library Express Services!

Darien Library is open to visitors normal hours. Our programs are available virtually and we look forward to offering some in-person outdoor programs.

We do not have a date when full services and in-person programs will resume. The health and safety of our community and patrons is our top priority and we will continue to abide by federal, state, and local regulations and guidance.

If you need assistance, please contact us by email or by calling 203-669-5236.

CT COVID-19 Prevention Self-Certified
We have completed our self-certification for reopening as required by the State of Connecticut.

Quick Info

Library Hours
Monday through Thursday*
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday
1 to 5 p.m.
  • The Children's Library closes at 8 p.m.


Teen Lounge Hours
Monday through Friday
3 to 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
1 to 5 p.m.

Returns Accepted
  • Outdoor drop: 24/7
  • Indoor drop: when the building is open


Holds Pick-up
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
1 to 5 p.m.

In-Person Services Available

  • Borrowing of books, audiobooks, movies, magazines, and video games
  • Visits to the Children's Library and Teen Lounge to borrow materials
  • Access to public computers and internet
  • Scanning, printing, copying, and faxing
  • Resume reviews by virtual assistance
  • Reference assistance by phone or email is strongly encouraged

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What Stays Virtual

  • All programming and events will continue to be hosted online unless otherwise noted.
  • Reference assistance by phone or email is strongly encouraged.
  • Book Groups advisory appointments.
  • Access to all the great digital content like e-Books, e-Audiobooks, movies, magazines, and music from Digital Darien website.
  • Remote access to research resources like databases

Note: Access to digital borrowing is limited to Darien residents, those who work in Town, and Friends of the Library due to publishers' restrictions.

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Services Not Available Currently

  • Book-a-Libarian assistance for Technology
  • Borrowing technology items including kits from the Children's Library
  • Business Services: banner printing, custom print jobs, paper trimmers, laminating, typewriter use

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What's Different

  • We are allowed 150 people in the building. Please be courteous with your time.
  • Masks must be worn at all times and fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • Children under age 12 must remain with a caregiver at all times.
  • The Teen Lounge is open Monday-Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • The Lower Level of the Library will be closed.
  • All study and meeting rooms are closed until further notice.
  • Public computers are available on the Second Level.
  • Contactless checkouts with three self-checkouts available on the First Level.
  • Food and drinks must be taken to the courtyard to be enjoyed.

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Closed Locations

  • All study and meeting rooms
  • The Storytime Room, Toddler Room, and TEA Room in the Children's Library
  • Art Gallery on the Lower Level

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Health & Safety

We care about your health and safety. Before reopening, we self-certified with the State of Connecticut that we are adhering to all health guidelines.

What We Are Doing

  • Staff will wear masks at all times and maintain a social distance of 6 feet.
  • Frequent cleaning of the building and service points.
  • Each staff desk will have Plexiglass installed on it.

What You Must Do

  • Masks must be worn at all times and fully cover the nose and mouth.
  • Children under age 12 must remain with a caregiver at all times.
  • Social distancing of 6 feet is in effect.
  • Food and drinks must be taken to the courtyard to be enjoyed.

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Community Room Pick-up

To maintain a contactless holds pick-up system, we will place your requested items in the Community Room (auditorium). You will enter from the courtyard entrance and leave out the side drive entrance on the other side.
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Place a hold on a book, audiobook, or movie from our website.
Email
Wait for the email to tell you the item(s) are available.
Look for the white tents
Come during open hours to pick-up your items from the Community Room.
Pick me!

Your items will be on a shelf with your name on it.
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If you need assistance, please call the Welcome Desk at 203-669-5239.



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Returns

Returns are accepted seven days a week! The outdoor drop is open 24/7 while the indoor drop is available when the building is open.

Late fines will be reinstated beginning June 1st.

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Changes Coming May 17th

Darien Library is thrilled to announce that starting on Monday, May 17th, we will resume normal hours including weekday evening hours. Below are details about what other regular activities and services will also resume that day. Thank you for your support over the past year.

Normal Hours

The Children’s Library closes at 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

What's New

  • No time limits for using the Library
  • Unlimited holds
  • Return items 24/7 through the materials handling system
  • 60-minute computer access
  • The return of some seating throughout the building
  • No appointments needed to visit the Children’s Library
  • Notary services resume
  • Holds will continue to be picked up from the Community Room
  • Outdoor events beginning this June and continued virtual events

Since items may be returned 24 hours a day starting May 17th, we will resume late fines on June 1st.

Prioritizing Safety

The following safety measures continue:

  • Masking inside the building
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures
  • Plexiglass at staffed service desks
  • Limited seating
  • Food and drinks may be enjoyed outside of the building
  • Private study rooms are unavailable at this time.

In the coming months, we look forward to bringing back study rooms and indoor events. Keep an eye on our website, email newsletters, and social media (@darienlibrary) for the latest updates.

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