MLK Day Holiday Closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The annual Forest Avenue Library MLK Day Celebration will take place virtually, on Zoom. Find more info on that program HERE.

Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

Book Chat: Let's Find Your Next Great Read

Book Chat

Let’s talk about books, Des Moines!

Book Chat is a Des Moines Public Library team of librarians who are here to start you off on your next reading journey. No matter what genre you read (or don’t read!) the Book Chat team will use its expertise to get the right books into your hands. So how does it work? Use our dedicated phone line or fill out the form below to get started!


Meet the Team


Borrow a Book Bundle

Are you looking for a pile of books and want to leave it up to our Book Chat staff to select the titles for you? We now offer Book Bundles at all library locations. Children’s Bundles include 10 board books, picture books, or reader books. Adults can get five books in their preferred genre or collection. All you have to do is call us at (515) 248-6286 between 10 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday, or fill out this form. We’ll have your Book Bundle ready to be picked up within one business days!

Fill out the form to get your Book Bundle HERE!

Fill Out This Form!

Click HERE and answer a few questions about yourself, your reading habits, and more, and we’ll reach out in 3-5 business days with some book suggestions. (We can also place books on hold for you to be picked up.)


Call Us Now!

Our Book Chat hotline is now live! Call (515) 248-6286 between 10 AM and 5 PM Monday through Friday and we’ll ask you some questions then start putting together a list of suggested books just for you (turnaround times: 3-5 business days). We’ll even put them on hold for you to pick up either during DMPL Express hours or during curbside pickup at any of our locations.

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New and Upcoming


Staff Picks

Sign up for NEW email book pick newsletters!

You can now sign up to get email newsletters with book suggestions from the Book Chat team for your favorite genres! Just click HERE and choose which newsletters you want to receive.

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