Kanopy Is Currently Unavailable

The streaming video service Kanopy is currently unavailable. We are working to fix, and apologize for the inconvenience.

All Buildings Remain Closed, Curbside Service Available

All Des Moines Public Library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service is available at all locations. Read more about that HERE


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Find tens of thousands of films - from award-winning modern movies to cinematic classics to the best of international and independent film.

Help & Guides

Borrowing Policies

  1. Up to ten films per month. The library offers 10 play credits each month.
  2. Three days to watch each film. Once you press play on a film and it runs for 30 seconds, you have three days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit.
  3. Play credits reset on the first of the month. Once you have reached your quota of films, you will not be able to play any films until the the new month starts. On the first of the month, you will be given a fresh quota of ten play credits again.
  4. Watch on any device. You can access Kanopy from any device, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and many more! See all supported mobile and TV apps here.
  5. Kanopy Kids takes no credits. Kanopy is for kids too! Kanopy Kids offers hundreds of educational and informational programs, read-along picture books, and much more. Just click on Kanopy Kids in the menu to get started. Residency restrictions apply. Cardholders must live within the city limits of Des Moines or rural Polk County.
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