NEW: All Locations to Reopen for Full Days

Reopen #3

All six locations of the Des Moines Public Library are now open for full days for in-person services. This includes browsing, public computer use, holds pickup, faxing/copying/printing services, new library card signups, and more!

Our East Side, Forest Avenue, Franklin Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries are now open at 10 AM Monday through Saturday, while Central Library will open at 9 AM Monday through Friday, and at 10 AM on Saturday.

Beginning Sunday, April 11, our Central and Franklin Avenue Libraries are open on Sundays from 1:00-5:00 PM.

Other things of note:

  • Private study rooms can be reserved for 1 hour, 45 minute sessions. Meeting rooms remain closed.
  • Tables and chairs will be available for 30-minute periods for wifi usage, studying, etc.
  • Curbside pickup will continue from 10 AM-1 PM Monday through Saturday at East Side, Forest Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries, and from 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Saturday at Franklin Avenue Library. The Central Library pickup window will be available full-time Monday-Saturday. No pickup window service or curbside services is available on Sundays.
  • Library programming will remain virtual for the time being.

Anyone over the age of 2 will be required to correctly wear a mask while inside the library, and social distancing will also be required. In addition, each building will have capacity limits, and customers will be limited to 30 minutes inside the library unless they are using a public computer.

Reopening FAQ

We understand COVID-19 is still in our communities, and for several months library leaders have worked with city officials and the library board of trustees to craft a safe reopening plan. Each library has added new safety measures and procedures, and masks and social distancing will be required at all times. In addition, each library will have new occupancy limits.

All locations will offer limited browsing, public computer use, fax/print/copy services, new library cards and renewals, socially distanced wi-fi usage, and more. Central Library’s pickup window will continue full-time, and curbside pickup hours are limited at each other library. Private study rooms are available to reserve, but meeting rooms remain closed. Please check hours for each location.

At Central Library, the pickup window will remain open during regular hours. Curbside pickup only operates between 10 AM and 1 PM at East Side, Forest Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries, and from 10 AM-4 PM at Franklin Avenue Library. Remember to check out our Curbside Pickup FAQ page for more curbside questions.

Yes! Sign up HERE. (NOTE: Cardholders must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, or rural Polk County to access some digital resources, including streaming video and downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.) 

Contactless Services Continue!

We will continue to offer our popular contactless services, many of which became popular throughout he past year.

BOOK BUNDLES: We’ll put together a stack of books for anyone in your family. Just fill out a simple form and let our librarians do the rest!

BOOK CHAT: Answer a few questions and our team of expert librarians will send you personalized book suggestions. We can even put the items on hold for you!

CURBSIDE PICKUP: Request books in our online catalog, and we’ll tell you when they’re ready to be picked up! Please remember when placing an item on hold at Central or Franklin, you must select your location as "Central Pick-up Window" or "Franklin Ave. Curbside" to have your holds delivered via curbside.

ASK A LIBRARIAN: Have a question for us about your account, or looking for information? Get in touch with a librarian!

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: We still don’t have in-person programs, but we are hosting and posting online programs for kids, families, and adults each week!

Hours

CENTRAL LIBRARY

 

In-Person Services

  • 9:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00 Sunday

 

Pickup Window

  • 9:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

 

FRANKLIN AVENUE LIBRARY

 

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

Curbside Pickup

  • 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

 

EAST SIDE, FOREST AVENUE, NORTH SIDE, AND SOUTH SIDE LIBRARIES

 

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