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 "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime on the Lawn

6:15pm - 6:45pm
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Caregivers! Family Storytime is back! Join Miss Janee for stories, songs, rhymes, and outdoor activities! All ages welcome. In case of rain, storytime will be cancelled.  ...

Disclaimer(s)

Inclement Weather

This program is hosted outdoors. In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

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 "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Learn to Play the Ukulele

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's soprano ukuleles with your library card. Natalie Steenson will facilitate this 4-week class, t...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy introductory stories, songs, music, movement with Miss Janee on the Library Lawn. For youth ages 18 to 36 months. In case of rain, storytime will be cancelled.  ...

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 "Teens" group.

South VolunTeens

4:00pm - 5:00pm
South Side Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Teens! Do you need volunteer hours? Students ages 12-18 may volunteer at the South Side Library with Miss Janee for 1 hour performing various tasks during our South VolunTeens program! This is a great way to earn volunteer hours! All studen...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime on the Lawn

10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Lawn
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Play & Learn, Storytimes
Event Details:
Preschoolers and their caregivers can enjoy stories, music and activities that promote preliteracy and school readiness skills with Miss Janee outdoors on the Library Lawn.  For children ages 3-5. In case of rain, storytime will b...

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 "All Ages" group.

Take & Bake: Rustic Apple Tart

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Take & Make
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 23
Event Details:
Apple season calls for apple desserts!  Join us for our next Take & Bake program where Chef Easton and DMPL librarian Haley will show participants how to make a rustic apple tart. Think of this as a cross between an apple tart and a pie! ...