Des Moines Public Library Foundation

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Introducing The Estes-Spaulding Society

The Estes-Spaulding Legacy Society recognizes and honors those who choose to put the Des Moines Public Library Foundation in their will or estate plan. Named for trailblazing former library directors Elaine Graham Estes and the late Forrest Spaulding, this special group of donors will open doors well past their lifetimes.

By letting us know your intentions to commit to a legacy gift that makes a long-term difference, we can celebrate you in the present with opportunities to connect more deeply to library programs and our community of stewards.

Contact the Des Moines Public Library Foundation for more information: 515-412-0180.

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Who We Are

The Des Moines Public Library Foundation supports and enriches the capabilities, resources, and services of the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) foundation in 1998. 

The mission of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation is to raise funds and advocate for the Des Moines Public Library system. The DMPL Foundation has one full-time executive director and one half-time administrative assistant, plus a volunteer board of directors.

Our donors are of all ages (as young as six) and live throughout Central Iowa and beyond. One half of donations to the Foundation are gifts of $100 or less. Every gift is important, no matter the size.

With the 11-year capital campaign, Creating New Destinations, the Foundation raised $21 million dollars to contribute one-half of the cost to build the new Central Library in downtown Des Moines and to remodel each of the five neighborhood branches.

During the last six years, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to pay for one-half of the expense of the Library’s strategic plan, plus contributions that funded the purchase of more than 240 public access computers, monitors, and printers.

Currently, 87% of DMPL programming is supported by the Des Moines Public Library Foundation and our generous, caring donors!

The Library Foundation also gave $10,000 to the Library for the development of the Library's website,, which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day offering free eBooks, eMagazines, eComics, audiobooks, test preparation guides, and a variety of new databases, resources and entertainment options.

Each year, the DMPL Foundation raises funds from generous individuals, businesses, and foundations to donate to the Library for the Summer Reading & School Readiness program, as well as the AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) series, which has drawn nearly 50,000 attendees in its 18 seasons, and has included visits by prominent authors such as Susan Orlean, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Rebecca Skloot, and dozens more.

These programs would not be possible without donor support.

Contact the Foundation

Des Moines Public Library Foundation

1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309

Kelly K. Shrock, Executive Director

(515) 412-0180

Why Give?

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The mission of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation is to advocate and raise funds for the public library system in Des Moines. Your support today makes a direct impact: The DMPL Foundation makes it possible for all six branches of the Des Moines Public Library to serve as bridges to a world of information and ideas.

With the support of contributors like you, the DMPL Foundation adds value to everyone's library experience by enhancing library services, collections, technology and programs.

Eighty seven percent of the DMPL programming is supported by the DMPL Foundation and our generous, caring donors! Every gift counts and makes a difference. Hear from these patrons:

"I need the library. It wouldn't be possible for me to get my degree without it."

"Getting our feet planted and being safe and being where we needed to be - I found a lot of that at the library."

“The library has been and always will be one of my favorite places to visit. What better way to grow than through the written word. Thanks for making the library such a great place.”

“I love the library because I would be broke if I had to buy all the books I read!”

“The Summer Reading Program has really ignited a passion for reading in my sons. I greatly appreciate everyone involved. A seed has been planted and their love of reading can only grow. Thanks again.”

“What’s more important than a child learning to read!”

“My three boys love the teen book selections. We often use books on tape for long car rides. We also love the AViD series and try to attend as many of your programs as possible.”

Our challenges this year are great:

  • The Library is busier than ever. In the 2017/18 fiscal year, 813,042 people visited the Library in person, and 1,327,106 materials were circulated. 

  • During that year, 41,182 attended children's programs, and 23,376 attended adult programs.

  • The fast pace of digital technology evolution is constantly redefining information resources.

  • The rich and expanding diversity of our community requires specialization of information and new forms of access.

You can help us transform lives. When you give today you place books, information, programs, and computers in the hands of children and learners of all ages. Please help us continue to cultivate the dynamic, changing role that your library plays in our community.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Kelly K. Shrock, Executive Director


Next steps:

Download our Donation Form which you can print, complete, and return along with your check.

Or, just contact the Des Moines Public Library Foundation, at 515.412.0180 or and we will assist you in making a tax-deductible contribution by phone.