Get a Card

Get A Card

LIBRARY CARDS  

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Library cards are issued free to residents of the Des Moines metropolitan area. Your library card can be used at all seven library sites. The library participates in the State of Iowa Open Access Program, so most Iowa residents are eligible for a library card. Certain types of cards may have borrowing restrictions.

To obtain a card, a borrower must provide proof of current name and address and a photo ID. A valid Des Moines Public Library card is necessary to check out materials and access most library services. Library cards are renewed every three years, at which time your account balance must be paid in full. There is a $1 fee to replace a lost card. Promptly report a lost or stolen card.

Children who are at least five years old may get a library card. Those under age twelve must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents may choose whether or not a child can borrow movies or more than five items.

RENEWALS – Most library materials may be renewed twice. Renew in person, by phone (283-4000) or online. Items will not renew if they are requested by another customer, or if your account balance is over the limit.

RETURNS – Items can be returned to any of our libraries in person or through the drive-up book drops. Book drops are available 24/7 for most materials, including media. (E-readers and puppets are not to be returned in the drive up book drops.)

OVERDUE NOTICES – Borrowers are responsible for returning library materials on time. As a courtesy, library users may choose to have overdue notices delivered by telephone or e-mail. Those set up for e-mail notices are notified of items coming due three days before the due date.

CHECKOUT INFORMATION

BOOKS, CDs, CHILDREN’S, TEEN’S, AUDIOBOOKS, MAGAZINES

Checkout Fee....................No fee
Loan Period.......................Three weeks
Overdue Fines..................$.25 per day per item
Maximum Fine per Item.. $8.00 /
Magazines $4.00

ADULT AUDIOBOOKS

Checkout Fee....................$1.00
Loan Period.......................Three weeks
Overdue Fines..................$.25 per day per item
Maximum Fine per Item..$8.00

MOVIES

Checkout Fee....................$2.00
Loan Period.......................One week
Overdue Fines..................$.50 per day per item
Maximum Fine per Item..$8.00

LOST OR DAMAGED ITEM

Borrower is responsible for replacement cost of item plus applicable late fee.

Cash, check, credit cards, and online payments are accepted for fines and fees.

E-BOOKS:

Wilbor*................................Three title maximum
*You must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights or rural Polk County.

3M*.....................................Six title maximum
*You must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights or have a fee-based non-resident card to use the Cloud services.

E-AUDIOBOOKS

Wilbor*................................Three title maximum
You must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights or rural Polk County.

OneClick Digital................Three title maximum

E-MAGAZINES:

Zinio..................................Unlimited

ELECTRONIC DEVICE - 3M CLOUD E-READERS

E-Readers:*
3M Cloud.............................................................Three Weeks
Overdue Fines....................................................$5.00 per day
Maximum fine per E-Reader............................$35.00
*You must be a resident of Des Moines or Windsor Heights, or have a fee-based nonresident card to use the Cloud services.

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