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Accessibility

Audiobooks We offer audiobooks in three formats: as CDs, MP3 Playaways (for children), and digital e-Audiobooks. Most of the audiobooks are located on the Main Level in front of the Frosty Bear Cafe. Children’s audiobooks and Playaways are located within the Children’s Library on the left when you come in the door. Digital e-Audiobooks can be downloaded from our digital collection. Digital Books e ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

Borrowing & Fees

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 inform ...

  • Last Updated 10 months ago

Computers & Technology

Computers & Internet We have fifty public computers available throughout the Library. The computers are primarily on the Lower Level. You are guaranteed one hour session every day. Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone in to enjoy access to open or WPA-enabled WiFi. View the Library Internet Use Policy Technology to Take Home We offer technology for demonstrative use and as well to keep you conn ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago

Get a Library Card

Do you want to join Darien Library? That's great! We're glad to have you here. To check out materials or use a computer, you need to have a library card. It's a quick and easy process. Just come to the Welcome Desk when you first enter the Library to get started. To get a Darien Libary Card Bring in to the Welcome Desk something with your Darien address on it (e.g. a piece of mail, your license, l ...

  • Last Updated 4 months ago

Museums

Museum Passes are Unavailable at the Current Time Due to COVID-19, we are not circulating museum passes for the time being. NYC and Connecticut are home to some of the greatest museums in the country. Renaissance masterpieces, visionary modern art, and celebrations of great historical figures are an easy train or car ride away. As part of our continuing dedication to enriching the lives of our pat ...

  • Last Updated 6 days ago

Services for Parents

Parenting Collection and Programs Children don't come with instructions, but that doesn't mean you have to raise your child alone. We have books and videos to help you get through those early days, the tantrums, all the way up to the Birds and the Bees. We support early literacy in pre-readers with special services and programs for them. We also offer programs throughout the year to address common ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Services for Students

Homework Help Need help with your report or finding an article your teacher will approve of? Check out our list of best homework resources. Some databases will require your Library card to access it. eReading Room Enter our child and teen friendly virtual room of e-Books and e-Audiobooks. These books have been handpicked by library staff to be the best for growing minds. Exam Proctoring Take your ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago

Storytimes

Ages Storytimes are for babies, toddlers, and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12. Registration for Spring Registration runs from Monday, 2/24 to Monday, 3/9. Notification by Saturday, 3/14. Schedule Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. All Summer storytimes are drop-in and do not require pre-registratio ...

  • Last Updated 4 months ago

Photography Policy

Print this policy We take photos and videos of our events and programs to share with the community. Videos are uploaded to DarienLibrary.TV as soon as we process them. Photos are uploaded to our website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. We do not post photos of minors without the explicit permission of their guardian. Media Waiver Form If we will be photographing or filming a child, we wi ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I...? Library Locations Basic Services Games & Tech Things to Do Online Website Account What do I need to log into the website? 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 ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Early Literacy iPads

The Children's Library has four Early Literacy iPads available for check out. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children 5 and under. The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities, and are organized into categories that are vital to early literacy: read, write, talk, sing and play. As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Apply to Art On View

Darien Library exhibits artwork on a rotating basis in its Gallery on the Lower Level. Our desire is to offer the community an opportunity to benefit from viewing various forms of art in a cultural and educational setting. The Art Committee of Darien Library meets on an ongoing basis to review the work of interested artists. In order to assist us with our selection of artists, we ask them to submi ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

Art On View

Current Exhibit: Lori Leckliter-Slotkin Friday, February 21st through Monday, March 30th About the Artist Mining my personal history to explore unanswered questions creates the foundation in my art practice. While exploring my childhood spent in Australia, I was struck by the devastating bushfires that have destroyed so much of the countrie’s wildlife. My current body of work examines my memories ...

  • Last Updated 4 months ago

Summer Reading for Adults

Summer is here and the one constant in life these days is, it's always a perfect time to escape into an entertaining story, when the sun is shining and life feels a little less hectic. We are excited to invite you to join us for another year of Adult Summer Reading. It's Always a Good Time for a Book! We challenge you to explore a variety of books while earning the chance to win fun prizes. This y ...

  • Last Updated 5 days ago

Elementary iPads

The Children's Library has three Elementary iPads available for check out with your library card. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children 5 to 9. The apps are organized into the folders that are similar to our Non-fiction section. As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad kits periodically. For younger children, borrow our Early Literacy iPads. Here is the ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Fellowship

An extraordinary opportunity for an extraordinary new Children's Librarian. Harold W. McGraw, Jr. was an active supporter of Darien Library, with a personal commitment to education and a belief in the important role a child's library experiences play in the beginning of life-long literacy. The McGraw family generously funded the formation of a Children's Librarian Fellowship at Darien Library to h ...

  • Last Updated 4 months ago

Early Literacy

Reading Starts at Birth These five Early Literacy practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing help children form the building blocks that will allow them to learn to read when they get to school. Children who enter kindergarten with a rich vocabulary, a knowledge of printed words and books, the ability to hear and play with the sounds in words, and a sense of imaginative play are ...

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2018-2019 Annual Report

From the Director On May 29, 2019, we celebrated Darien Library’s 125th year. That day was a capstone to another remarkable year in the life of a Library that has seen many remarkable years. Some of the year was spent looking back over our history and growth, and you’ll see much of that set forth in this Annual Report. When you look, I hope you will see the past through the same lens I do. I see t ...

  • Last Updated 8 months ago

Find Delight In Your World

As we all come together during the coronavirus outbreak, many organizations, publishers, and groups have been opening their virtual doors so you can explore the web if you can't visit in-person. We will continue to update this page. Art Art Institute Chicago: Explore thousands of pieces from the museum's wide-ranging collection. Google Arts & Culture: Tour the great museums of the world thr ...

  • Last Updated 1 month ago

Youth Services

Get a Library Card Sign Up for Emails Kid Events Teen Events Activities Youth Services Blog Visit the Children's Library by Appointment The Children's Library will be open for 30-minute appointments with limited walk-ins allowed beginning July 6th. Review the available appointment slots and select the one that works best for you. Please only select one slot per day. If you arrive early, please wai ...

  • Last Updated 5 days ago

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