Annual Campaign

Child with library card

Your support today makes it possible for all six branches of the Des Moines Public Library to serve as bridges to a world of information and ideas.

Whether for personal enjoyment, professional development or community growth, your library adds value to your life.

The Des Moines Public Library Foundation raises funds to support vital services of the Library, beyond what tax dollars can provide. We would like to share with you what our donors and library patrons say are the many ways the Library positively impacts lives.

“The library has been and always will be one of my favorite places to visit. What better way to grow than through the written word. Thanks for making the library such a great place.”

“I love the library because I would be broke if I had to buy all the books I read!”

“The Summer Reading ProgramIt has really ignited a passion for reading in my sons. I greatly appreciate everyone involved. A seed has been planted and their love of reading can only grow. Thanks again.”

“What’s more important than a child learning to read!”

“My three boys love the teen book selections. We often use books on tape for long car rides. We also love the AViD series and try to attend as many of your programs as possible.”

Our challenges this year are great:

  • The Library is busier than ever!
  • 3,986,429 people were served by the Library during the 2016/17 fiscal year.
  • During that year, 68,154 attended 2,891 programs for children, teens, and adults.
  • The fast pace of digital technology evolution is constantly redefining information resources.
  • The rich and expanding diversity of our community requires specialization of information and new forms of access.

You can help us transform lives. When you give today you place books, information, programs, and computers in the hands of children and learners of all ages. Please help us continue to cultivate the dynamic, changing role that your library plays in our community.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Dory Briles
Executive Director

Dawn Taylor and Steve Jayne
Development Committee Co-Chairs

Download our Donation Form which you can print, complete, and return along with your check.

Or, just contact the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, at 515.412.0180 or and we will assist you in making a tax-deductible contribution by phone. 

"For centuries, cultures have been measured by their libraries."
- A. Arthur Davis

The mission of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation is to advocate and raise funds for the public library system in Des Moines.