Central Library Youth Area

Due to carpet installation, the youth area at Central Library is temporarily unavailable for the public. Library staff can help find children's materials for you. We apologize for the inconvenience.


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Read eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines instantly, for free, using the device in your hand or your browser with Libby from Overdrive. Our collection includes popular kid, teen and adult titles.

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Borrowing Policies

You must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights or rural Polk County to use DMPL Overdrive/Libby. Up to ten items can be checked out at a time. Magazines do not apply to this limit. Items check out for three weeks. Holds can be placed on up to ten items at one time. You have three days to checkout an on-hold item once it becomes available. You may set your holds to automatically check out in your settings.

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