MLK Day Holiday Closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The annual Forest Avenue Library MLK Day Celebration will take place virtually, on Zoom. Find more info on that program HERE.

Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

Test Proctoring


The Des Moines Public Library provides test proctoring services at no charge to the student or testing institution at Central Library and Franklin Avenue Library.

Student Expectations:

  • Application must be submitted 3 days prior to test date.
  • Approval for proctoring is dependent upon staffing and room availability.
  • Student must present a photo ID at the time of testing to verify their identity.
  • Student is responsible for contacting school or professor to provide test or exam
  • Instructors or students responsible for all arrangements and preparation
  • Student must use personal laptop or electronic device to administer online test
  • Student is responsible for incidental costs (i.e., postage, fax, printing).

Library Staff Expectations:

  • Staff involvement is limited to the following:
    • Check student’s identification
    • Admit student to exam area
    • Issue exam
    • Periodically observe student as time allows
    • Sign proctor form
  • Specific staff will not be assigned to proctor exams. Reference staff changes periodically, so exams may be started and returned to different staff.
  • Library staff is unable to provide one-on-one assistance or observation. If proctoring requires constant supervision, DMPL will not be able to proctor the exam.
  • Staff will not sign the name of another staff member on a proctoring form or exam. The library will not proctor an exam that requires one designated person.
  • DMPL reserves the right to refuse proctoring an exam that is deemed too restrictive or demanding.
  • Staff reserves the right to refuse using personal or identifiable information to administer exam.
  • Staff may return completed exams electronically or by mail if postage and envelope are supplied by student.
  • Exams must be completed one hour prior to closing.

Proctoring Hours:

Central Library: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM; 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Friday; 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Saturday
Franklin Avenue Library: Monday - Thursday, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM; 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Friday; 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Saturday


Test Proctoring Request Form

I agree to the terms and conditions of the Des Moines Public Library's proctoring service.