South Side Library

South Side exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
1111 SW Porter Avenue 
Des Moines, IA, 50315

Directions:
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Brenda Hall headshot

Brenda Hall
Manager 
BKHall@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a South Side 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
  • Closed Sunday
Curbside Pickup
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

The South Side Library features a wide collection of materials and a large updated children's area: Rosie's Zoo. The teen loft hosts an extensive teen book collection and comfortable seating. Our study rooms have been newly renovated with a focus on creating spaces for conversations and virtual meetings. The South Side Library welcomes community groups to take advantage of its spacious meeting room.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Rebecca Cloud - RLCloud@dmpl.org. Teens and kids, please contact Janeé Jackson-Doering - jmjackson-doering@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Firefighter and Fire Truck Show and Tell

12:00pm - 1:00pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Join our neighborhood firefighters at the South Side Library's parking lot as they show us what it takes to do their job. Get a chance to see the equipment they use AND take a look around their fire truck from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The Fire ...

Disclaimer(s)

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Educational, Heritage/History Month
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 77
Event Details:
In May 1917, the United States opens the very first Officers Training Camp for Black men in military history. The location – Fort Des Moines. Over the next six months, 1,200 Black men are trained to lead segregated commands in World War I, all the wh...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Book Club- The Unkindness of Ghosts

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual Book Club. This month, we will be discussing The Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation ...
This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children, Teens
Program Type: Educational, Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 35
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get started ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Rainbow Windsock

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 0
Event Details:
Let's celebrate summertime with rainbow windsocks! A windsock is made up of different materials tied onto a hoop that dances in the wind. We will provide the hoop, colorful materials to tie to the hoop, bells and twine to hang it up with for FREE wit...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DSM Book Festival Book Club: The Last House Guest

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Event Details:
The Des Moines Public Library is partnering with the DSM Book Festival's DSM Book Club to cohost its online book discussion.  The DSM Book Club is an online sharing session designed to showcase Des Moines' favorite reads. This club will ...