Franklin Avenue Library Construction

The exterior book returns at Franklin Avenue Library will be unavailable beginning Monday, May 17. Please use the temporary book returns in the east parking lot. 

Central Library Construction

Due to construction, the Central Library pickup window and exterior book returns will be temporarily closed beginning Thursday, May 13. Please pick up your items and return items inside the library. Hold deadlines and due dates have been extended for any affected customers. Free underground parking is still available. Please follow signage on Grand Avenue.

Checkout Limits

Des Moines Public Library Checkout Limits

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 3 weeks (21 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 1 weeks (7 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: $1

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting, $1 per renewal

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 1 weeks (7 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 3 weeks (21 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: $1

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting, $1 per renewal

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 8 weeks (60 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: No

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 8 weeks (60 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: No

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 3 weeks (21 days)

Checkout Limit: 50 total items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 3 weeks (21 days)

Checkout Limit: 10 items

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: Yes, 2 times if no one is waiting

Access: Residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County

Reservable: N/A, always available

Loan Period: Unlimited

Checkout Limit: Unlimited

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: N/A, unlimited access

Access: Residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County

Reservable: N/A, always available

Loan Period: Unlimited

Checkout Limit: Unlimited

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: N/A, unlimited access

Access: All cardholders

Reservable: N/A, always available

Loan Period: 3 days

Checkout Limit: 10 per calendar month

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: No

Access: Residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County

Reservable: N/A, always available

Loan Period: 7-day license

Checkout Limit: 3 streaming licenses per 7 days

Checkout Fee: None

Renewable: Yes, every 7 days

Access: Residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County

Reservable: Yes

Loan Period: 14 days from arrival to library

Checkout Limit: 5 active requests at a time

Checkout Fee: $3 to initiate interlibrary loan

Renewable: Possibly, if lending library gives permission

Access: Residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, and Rural Polk County