No Curbside Pickup Friday, July 3

Des Moines City buildings are closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. As a result, Curbside Pickup will not be available.

All Buildings Remain Closed, Curbside Service Available

All Des Moines Public Library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service is available at all locations. Read more about that HERE

Welcome Windsor Heights!

Windsor Heights Now

Hello Windsor Heights residents! As of July 1, you are now part of the Des Moines Public Library system, the largest public library system in the state. We'd like to welcome you!

If you're already a DMPL card holder, you know all about our massive catalog of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs, totaling more than 500,000 items. DMPL cardholders that reside in Windsor Heights are now all-access cardholders, with access to absolutely everything that the Des Moines Public Library has to offer.

So what does it mean to be a all-access user?

Digital Card

Digital Card

First, let's start with signing up. If you don't have a DMPL card already, you can sign up for a digital card!  These cards will give you access to our digital collection throughout our public closure. Users will receive a PIN and library card number via email, which they can use to place holds, use digital resources, and pick up books. When we reopen, you may come in and get a physical library card.

eBooks and eAudiobooks


The Des Moines Public Library has a large digital collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Using Libby, RBDigital, and other platforms, our librarians cultivate this collection based specifically on our audience, including taking suggestions, checking in on holds and requests to keep wait times down, following industry trends, and more. If you're new to any of these apps, check out our eBook and eAudiobook guide to learn more.

Streaming Video


With your Des Moines Public Library card, you now have access to Kanopy, our streaming video service. Kanopy is a film fan's dream, with tens of thousands of films, including recent award winning movies, arthouse classics, international films and fascinating documentaries.

In addition to Kanopy, you'll have access to a wide breadth of streaming video options through RBDigital.

  • Acorn TV offers the best in British television, with world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond, including a full slate of original and exclusive programming.*
  • Get a front row seat to concerts and award-winning documentaries by using Stingray Qello, with concert films featuring Beyoncé, Adele, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and many others.*
  • The Great Courses is a great way to keep your mind sharp and learn something you've never had time to learn before. Check out our blog about some of the courses available.*
  • Pongalo - Vea más de 10,000 episodios de sus telenovelas y series de televisión favoritas, además de películas de América Latina, España, y EE. UU., ¡100% en español y a la carta!*
  • Enjoy over 7,000 high-quality shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV shows and Web series from 85 countries with IndieFlix.*

We recently added Medici.TV as well. This service has hundreds of videos featuring operas, classical concerts, ballets, and more.

Curbside Pickup

Curbside Pickup Now Available

Don't forget about our vast collection of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and more! While we are closed to the public, you can place holds and have books delivered to any DMPL location to be checked out via curbside pickup. Check out the details on our special curbside page.

Digital Resources

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Our website,, has dozens of useful digital resources available for use. Among them include:

  • Free digital access to The New York Times and The Washington Post to help you keep up-to-date on all the latest headlines. Never run into a paywall again!
  • Consumer Reports - You now have free digital access to Consumer Reports online, with full access to their unbiased reviews on hundreds of products. Whether you're looking for something for yourself or a gift, use Consumer Reports to find the best value for a variety of small and large appliances such as coffee grinders, snow blowers, televisions, and more.
  • Mango - Learn one of more than 70 languages with Mango, the library's language-learning program. Available to use on your computer, phone, or tablet, Mango is a self-guided program that utilizes common phrases and conversational pieces in order to build your confidence and your skills. We recently wrote about using Mango for a week - check out our blog and get started.
  • TumbleBooks, Tumble Math, and Teen Book Cloud - These online collections feature animated read along books, fun math activities, and a vast collection of age appropriate eBooks for the whole family.

We think you'll love being a part of our community! If you have any questions, send an email to our staff at