Branch Library Meeting Spaces

Meeting Rooms:

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The library has meeting room spaces available at the five branch libraries. The following fees apply during all hours that the libraries are normally open:

FEES PER HOUR*

  • For-Profit Organizations: $20
  • Non-Profit Organizations: No Charge (meetings must be open to the public to be free of charge)

* A maintenance fee of $20 per event is also required if food or beverages are served. This applies to all groups (For-Profit and Non-Profit).

For groups of more than ten: Library Branch Meeting Room Application >

Conference Rooms

Three branch libraries also offer conference rooms: East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, and Franklin Avenue Library. These rooms are available at the following rates when the library is open to the public.

FEES PER HOUR*

  • For-Profit Organizations: $10
  • Non-Profit Organizations: No Charge (meetings must be open to the public to be free of charge)

* A maintenance fee of $20 per event is also required if food or beverages are served. This applies to all groups (For-Profit and Non-Profit).

For groups of ten or less: Library Branch Conference Room Application >

RENTAL GUIDELINES – Branch Facilities

  • Rooms are only available during regular library hours.
  • Rooms are not available for private parties.
  • All events booked as nonprofits are subject to the Iowa Open Meeting Laws or they must pay the for-profit rate for booking the space.
  • Rental fee includes time for set up and take down.
  • Space cannot be booked more than eight weeks in advance to allow for the scheduling of library programming.
  • No library location may be listed as the permanent meeting place for any organization.
  • No fundraising may be done at the library.
  • Users are responsible for returning the room to the basic setup configuration.
  • Podium with microphone and screen are available for use at no charge.
  • Users must supply their own computer, projectors, and computer cords.
  • Library staff is not responsible for troubleshooting AV equipment
  • The library offers free Wi-Fi. This may not support high bandwidth applications.
  • All groups using public meeting space at the libraries must meet fire code occupancy limitations.
  • Free parking is available at all neighborhood branches.
  • Refunds for cancellation will be given if cancelled five or more business days in advance.

Please E-mail librarynews@dmpl.org or Call: 515.283.4152 ext. 4 for more information

Branch Library Study Room Guidelines

Study Rooms at the Des Moines Public Library are available to use free of charge at the East Side Library, North Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, and Franklin Avenue Library.

Who May Use

  • One user of the room must show a valid DMPL library card to check out the room. This user is responsible for the condition of the room.
  • Study room use is limited to users with a library card balance of no more than ten dollars.
  • At least one member of a group using the study room must be 14 years old.
  • Rooms may not be used for commercial or business purposes, with the exception of paid tutors.

Reserving

  • Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Advance reservations are not accepted.
  • Reservations are limited to two hours and made on the hour and half hour.
  • Study room users may not sign up for more than one two-hour session per day. A person who has used a study rooms as a member of a group may not be assigned another study room the same day.
  • Study rooms are reserved during the hours the library is open up to thirty minutes before closing.

To book a room for more than ten people or for longer than two hours, contact the Business Office at 515-283-4152, ext. 4.

Study Room Use Regulations

  • Study room users are expected to follow the guidelines of the Des Moines Public Library Customer Behavior Policy.
  • Users are responsible for leaving the rooms in a neat and orderly condition, with trash put into the proper container. Failure to do so may result in the denial of future room requests.
  • The library is not responsible for the loss of or damage to any equipment owned or rented by an individual or group using a study room.
  • At least one member of the group must stay in the room at all times. Empty rooms may be assigned to another group.
  • The door must remain unobstructed. Windows on room doors must remain uncovered.