7 Ways to Use DMPL Online 24/7

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library are closed until further notice, but know that we are still a source for entertainment and education. And you don't even have to step foot in our buildings to take advantage!

Here are 7 ways to use your library card online right now.


1. Check out an eBook or eAudiobook! Read or listen to one of 30,000+ books on most mobile devices, tablets, or on your computer. Also: No late fees, as books are returned automatically.

*Cardholders must be residents of Des Moines or rural Polk County


2. Stream movies, TV shows, and more! Among the things you can stream for free with a Des Moines Public Library card: Kanopy features tens of thousands of cinematic classics and independent films. Acorn TV offers the best of British television. Qello is home to thousands of concert films and music documentaries. Great Courses features 150+ video courses on everything from photography, to yoga, to cooking and more.

*Cardholders must be residents of Des Moines or rural Polk County


3. Keep up with national and international news! Enjoy unlimited, FREE, access to NYTimes.com and The New York Times mobile app with a library card.


4. Flip through an eMagazine!  Dozens of magazines, from The Atlantic to Vogue, from Catster to Time. Browse on your phone, tablet, or computer.*

*Some magazines have residency requirements


5. Learn a language! Our digital language learning resource, Mango, offers fun, easy instruction for more than 70 languages, plus English courses in more than 20 languages. Use on a phone, tablet, or computer.


6. Keep your kids (and you!) learning! DMPL’s LearningExpress Library offers tools to help build academic and career skills at all age levels. Find flashcards, word games, and other activities to prepare for standardized tests, start taking steps to start a new career with prep courses, and find skill-building resources for classroom and homework success for students of all ages.

And find even more kids digital learning tools – from animated books to digital encyclopedias to interactive educational materials to unlimited kids movies and tv shows – on our KIDS page.


7. Let us help you find your next read! Are you taking part in our DMPL Reading Challenge and need to finish some categories? Looking for suggestions for your next book? Check out our Recommended Reads page and get some professional librarian picks before you download that eBook or eAudiobook. 


Published on March 14, 2020
Last Modified December 06, 2023