Franklin Avenue Library

Franklin Avenue exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
Google Maps

Nikki Hayter headshot

Nikki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Franklin Avenue Library meeting room

In-Person Services
  • 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00 PM Sunday
Curbside Pickup
  • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

The Franklin Avenue Library on Des Moines’ west side, serves the needs, wants, and tastes of its community of patrons with a collection of over 100,000 items. The many available media formats include books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, magazines, and electronic resources, as well as over 40 public internet computers for easy online access.

For information about the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs and activities at the library, please visit the organization's new website.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Lynn Huess, leheuss@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Franklin Avenue Library Scholarship

Know a high school senior who loves the Franklin Avenue Library? The Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library, a 501(c)(3) organization has established a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Apply online or download an application at www.ffaldm.org/scholarship.

Application deadline: April 30.

Informational Scholarship Flyer (.pdf)

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Adults" group.
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Self Guided Metro Mural Tour

All Day 4/1 - 5/1
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults, All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Event Details:
Des Moines is home to some amazing artwork, and staying socially distant doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy what the city has to offer! Use this challenge to find your way to some incredible murals in your neighborhood and around Des Moines. Head to each l...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Library Learning Bags: April Edition

04/10/2021 @ 10:00am - 04/17/2021 @ 5:00pm
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational, Take & Make
Event Details:
Library Learning Bags: Earth Day Edition Stop by Curbside or DMPL Express Service at any of our six branches to pick up a Library Learning Bag. This month's bag includes a plant related craft in celebration of Earth Day on April 22.  The...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Beeswax Wraps

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Let's eliminate some plastic in our kitchens with our Take & Make: Beeswax Wrap program!  Beeswax wraps are sustainable food storage option. Instead of using cling wrap or tin foil, beeswax wrap can be reused over and over again. Particip...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Get Moving with Grace Fitness

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 17
Event Details:
Kick off Week of the Young Child with Des Moines Public Library and Grace Fitness! Fitness educator Zakiya Jenkins will join us on Zoom for a 30 minute workout for the whole family. All fitness levels welcome and no fitness equipment needed! This ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 54
Event Details:
Join the library and three artists to learn about the process of making public art in Des Moines and how some of our favorite murals came about. Plus, get ready for our self-guided mural tour, with public art to visit near each of our librari...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 12
Event Details:
Join us for a Mario Kart tournament for ages 10-18. You can participate in this event if you have a Nintendo Switch with a Nintendo Online subscription, and a copy of Mario Kart 8. The day of the tournament, log onto Mario Kart 8 on your Switch ...