July 4 closure

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours will commence Tuesday, July 5.

Franklin Pickup Window Closed

The Franklin Avenue Library pickup window is closed until further notice. If you are scheduled to pick up your holds at the window, please go inside Franklin Avenue Library to do so.

Test Proctoring


The Des Moines Public Library provides test proctoring services at no charge to the student or testing institution at Central Library and Franklin Avenue Library.

Student Expectations:

  • Application must be submitted 3 days prior to test date.
  • Approval for proctoring is dependent upon staffing and room availability.
  • Student must present a photo ID at the time of testing to verify their identity.
  • Student is responsible for contacting school or professor to provide test or exam
  • Instructors or students responsible for all arrangements and preparation
  • Student must use personal laptop or electronic device to administer online test
  • Student is responsible for incidental costs (i.e., postage, fax, printing).

Library Staff Expectations:

  • Staff involvement is limited to the following:
    • Check student’s identification
    • Admit student to exam area
    • Issue exam
    • Periodically observe student as time allows
    • Sign proctor form
  • Specific staff will not be assigned to proctor exams. Reference staff changes periodically, so exams may be started and returned to different staff.
  • Library staff is unable to provide one-on-one assistance or observation. If proctoring requires constant supervision, DMPL will not be able to proctor the exam.
  • Staff will not sign the name of another staff member on a proctoring form or exam. The library will not proctor an exam that requires one designated person.
  • DMPL reserves the right to refuse proctoring an exam that is deemed too restrictive or demanding.
  • Staff reserves the right to refuse using personal or identifiable information to administer exam.
  • Staff may return completed exams electronically or by mail if postage and envelope are supplied by student.
  • Exams must be completed one hour prior to closing.

Proctoring Hours:

Central Library: 9 AM-7 PM Monday-Thursday; 9 AM-6 PM Friday, 10 AM-5 PM Saturday, 1-5 PM Sunday
Franklin Avenue Library: 10 AM-7 PM Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM Friday, 10 AM-5 PM Saturday, 1-5 PM Sunday


Test Proctoring Request Form

I agree to the terms and conditions of the Des Moines Public Library's proctoring service.