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.

DMPL Teens

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Recommended Reads for Teens

Teen Blog Entries

Amateur Sleuths: It's Not Their Day Job!

You never know when you’ll have to solve a crime. It could be when you’re bored at home with your sisters, when you’re visiting a researcher’s house to see their collection of plants, or even when you’ve hit a dead end in your Hollywood career. Luckily, these ladies and gentlemen were up for the cal...

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Tough Conversations: Talking With Your Kids About the News

The attack on the U.S. Capitol and other recent unrest left many parents wondering how to talk to their children about what happened. It's hard to describe why such shocking violence occurred, and it can be difficult to discuss complicated topics like racism, injustice, and protests against the...

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Databases for Teens

Brainfuse
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Looking for your dream job? Start here with free expert online resources for job seekers, veterans, and their families.

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Credo Reference
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Helps library users of all backgrounds and skill levels locate the information they need. High school students gathering sources for an assignment, lifelong learners investigating their passions, and individuals looking for context around the events shaping the headlines will all find answers with this easy-to-use database.

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FirstSearch
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FirstSearch is the biggest library catalog in the world. If it exists in the world, it's in FirstSearch, and it will tell you who owns the item.

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Gale Health and Wellness
Gale Health and Wellness

Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices, and more.

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Informe Académico
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Satisface las necesidades de investigación de los usuarios hispanohablantes con una amplia extención de publicaciones académicas y revistas de texto completo en español y portugués, tanto de América Latina y acerca de América Latina.

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Kids InfoBits
Kids InfoBits

Meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface with age-appropriate and curriculum-related materials.

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New York Times
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Enjoy unlimited Access to NYTimes.com and the New York Times mobile app. All Des Moines Public Library card holders may use The New York Times online. When the 72 hour license expires, return to this page to checkout another one. You may renew your license as many times as you like.

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Reference Solutions
Reference Solutions

Reference USA is now Reference Solutions! They offer access to more than 14 Million Businesses, 89 Million Residents, 855,000 Physicians & Dentists, 203 Million Consumers, and 2.5 million job postings.

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Sanborn Maps
Sanborn Maps

Library of Congress Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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