Darien Library

1441 Post Road
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Darien Library is ranked as one of the top 10 public libraries in the country for its size, according to Hennen's American Public Library Rating. Darien Library holds itself to the highest possible standard of customer service. We pride ourselves on providing a fulfilling and enriching experience to all who visit us either in person or on the web. We consider hospitality to be a core component in all we do and always look forward to seeing you at the library.

One third of our operating budget comes from donations. All of our books, movies, computers, magazines, books on CD, information resources, and programs are paid for by private donors. By becoming a Friend of the Library, you are supporting the purchasing of new materials and programs.

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Reviews

Annie Zhang

Rating:
Friday, May 25, 2018
One of the best libraries! Very spacious place for studies. Librarians are professional and helpful. People are polite and with proper manners. They also have Bloomberg terminal.

Arturo Lainez

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Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Great space, especially for studying. It is very bright and has many different locations s where you can go and get work done. Also - cool water

Andy Sedlack

Rating:
Friday, March 30, 2018
Very helpful librarians. Alright selection of current books. Wonderful study spaces.

Carolyn Armas

Rating:
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Great space to work and study and have helpful staff always in the waits.

Stephen Smith

Rating:
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
They now have a 3D printer and you can create cool stuff like phone stands or fidget spinners. Over all great place and I go there two to four times a week.

Recent News

Lecture: History of the NYPD at Darien Library

This class explores the complicated history of law enforcement in New York City. From its origins in the Dutch night watch system, past the pugilistic and corrupt cops of the Tammany Hall era, through the sporadic attempts at reform, and into the cur…

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Lecture: History of Sriracha at Darien Library

Sriracha is a cultural mashup that typifies American cuisine: based on a Thai sauce, it was created by a Vietnamese immigrant of Chinese descent, and is made outside of LA with California-grown ingredients. In 20 years, it’s crossed over from a con…

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Lecture: Using Facebook for Genealogy at Darien Library

Louise Parker Berry Community Room Facebook is home to more than 5,700 genealogy groups researching specific areas (like ancestors in New England, Indiana, and the British Isles) and specific groups (like Jewish genealogy and Irish genealogy). Using …

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Lecture: Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Revolutionary Painter at Darien Library

Living during the late 18th century, one of the most turbulent periods in European history and one in which women were essentially excluded from the official French Painting Academy, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun defied the odds. A mostly self-taught but…

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Lecture: College Funding and Planning at Darien Library

Planning for college can be difficult, confusing and costly. Don’t go it alone. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make the right college choices and maximize your funding and financial aid results, as well as how to better prepare for SAT…

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Lecture: Senior Moments - Metro North: From First to Worst at Darien Library

How did the best commuter railroad in the US suddenly become subject of Federal safety investigations after a series of derailments and collisions claimed lives? Why is Metro-North’s survival crucial to real estate prices in Darien? What’s the fu…

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Meet the Author: Laura Silver at Darien Library

Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food, will be our featured speaker. When Laura Silver’s favorite knish shop went out of business, the native New Yorker sank into mourning, but then she sprang into action. She embarked on…

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Meet the Author: Undercover with Chris Pavone and Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine at Darien Library

Go undercover with Chris Pavone and his world of international intrigue while sipping on some of the wines that are mentioned in his new thriller The Travelers. Following Chris' presentation, Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine will host an informal wine tast…

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The Louise Parker Berry Lecture: Susan Salgado

Darien Library is proud to present Susan Salgado, founding partner of Hospitality Quotient, in its first annual Louise Parker Berry Lecture. The Louise Parker Berry Lecture series honors Darien Library’s longest-serving director, who led the Darien…

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Meet the Author: Fodor's Travel

Where are you traveling to next? Come meet Arabella Bowen, the editor in chief of Fodor’s Travel, and hear her expert travel advice on where to go on your next vacation, how to score deals on hotels and airfare, and top tips for what to pack, when …

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Senior Moments: Tour of Bruce Museum

Senior Moments, a monthly coffee and conversation program designed specifically for seniors, takes a field trip! Please meet at The Bruce Museum for a guided tour of their new exhibit, "And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations".Usin…

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Wednesday Matinee - 'Saving Grace'

Saving Grace  (2000) Starring Brenda Blethyn, Craig Ferguson, Martin Clunes, Tchéky Karyo, Jamie Foreman, Bill Bailey;Rated R; 95 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.Waking Ned Divine (1998) meets Up in Smoke (1978) in this wa…

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Film Screening and Discussion: 'More Than Honey'

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still sprea…

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Exhibition: Quiet Places, Empty Spaces

The photographs in this exhibition reflect the artist's fondness for and interest in the seashore—regardless of season—that began with his childhood visits to South Carolina beaches during the 1960s and 1970s and has continued in many years livin…

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Exhibition: María Esther Magallanes

María-Esther Magallanes was born and raised in Mexico City. She comes from a family of accomplished artists and was raised surrounded by and appreciating all forms of art. Traveling to many cultural destinations around the world and growing up…

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Special Monday Night Feature - 'The Horn Blows at Midnight'(1945)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)  Starring Jack Benny, Alexis Smith, Dolores Moran, Allyn Joslyn, Guy Kibbee, Reginald Gardiner; Rated PG; 80 Mins. While dozing off during a radio broadcast, studio musician Athaniel (Benny) dreams he's a trumpet p…

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Friday Night Feature - 'The End of The Tour' (2014)

Starring Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Joan Cusack; Rated R; 106 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.The End of The Tour tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) Davi…

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Special Monday Night Feature - 'Inside Out' (2015)

Inside Out (2015) Starring Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Richard Kind; Rated PG; 102 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.Emotions run wild in the mind of a little girl who is uprooted from he…

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Meet the Author: Jason Gay

Jason Gay, author of Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living, will be our featured speaker. In Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living Gay brings that trademark wit to an irreverent anti-advice book. It’s not a guide for h…

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Movie: 'My Favorite Year'

My Favorite Year (1982) Starring Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna, Bill Macy, Lainie Kazan; Rated PG; 92minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired. Mark Linn-Baker stars as Benjy Stone, junior writer on th…

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Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment: 'Steamboat, Jr.'

Starring Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, and Tom Lewis; Rated NR; 70 minutes; “Steamboat Bill, Jr." is, like so many other Buster Keaton films, the story of a young man who is coming of age, and goes through a series of adventures and …

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An Afternoon with Author Lisa Reisman

Lisa Reisman, author of 5 Months, 10 Years, 2 Hours, will be our featured speaker during this afternoon tea. On August 1, 1998, 32-year-old disillusioned New York attorney Lisa Reisman plans to leave the law and hit the road in a lipstick-red convert…

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Business Book Group: 'Setting the Table'

Join us for the next meeting of our Business Book Group as we discuss Danny Meyer's Setting the Table: The Transforming Power Of Hospitality In Business. The group is invited to an informal discussion of the book from 6 - 6:45 p.m. followed by networ…

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Darien Musical Film Fest 2015

Schedule of Event: 'Chicago': September 14, 2015 at 6:30pmChicago (2002) Starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere; Rated PG-13 113 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.A starry-eyed would-be star discovers…

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