Central Library

Central Library
1000 Grand Avenue, 50309
Closed (June - August)
9 AM – 8 PM
9 AM – 8 PM
9 AM – 8 PM
9 AM – 6 PM
9 AM – 6 PM

Pickup Window Hours: Mon-Fri: 4 PM - 6 PM

Phone: (515) 283-4152

Summer Reading begins June 1! Mark you calendars now with the many great events we're having in June and July!

The Central Library is located in the heart of downtown Des Moines at 1000 Grand Avenue in the Western Gateway Park near the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. Offering unique architecture and a green roof, the Central Library has something for everyone. Our collection includes a wide variety of books, media, magazines, newspapers, microfilm, historic periodicals, city directories, sheet music and an extensive Iowa Collection. Free parking underground. The Central Library is a great place to get a book, use a computer or spend some time researching.

Book a Meeting Room

Central Library Study Room Guidelines

For Volunteer Opportunities: Please contact Stephanie Fruhling, slfruhling@dmpl.org.

More Information for Volunteers

Central Library Storytimes

  • Baby Rhyme Time (ages 0 - 18 months) : Wednesdays, 10:15 AM
  • Toddler Storytime (ages 18 months – 3 years) : Fridays, 10:15 AM
  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 6 years) : Thursdays, 10:15 AM
  • Evening Family Storytime (entire family) : Tuesdays, 6:30 PM

Upcoming Events at Central Library