About Us

Our Mission

The Des Moines Public Library is the bridge to a world of information and ideas for personal enjoyment and community growth.

Our Vision

The Des Moines Public Library is the recognized leader in expanding the universe of opportunities for imagination, innovation and lifelong learning benefiting its diverse community.

Our Core Values

The Des Moines Public Library values:

Approved by the Des Moines Public Library Board of Trustees July 29, 2008

  • Our customers and our focus on their diverse needs/wants.
  • Intellectual freedom and confidentiality.
  • Innovation as the engine that drives change.
  • Our staff as our greatest asset.
  • Stewardship of the community's investment.
  • Universal access to services, materials and opportunities for lifelong learning and enjoyment

Programming Policy

The Des Moines Public Library's Programming Policy (adapted in March 2019)