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.

Adventure Pass

Adventure Pass 2021

Use your library card to check out an Iowa Adventure Pass to the Blank Park Zoo, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the Science Center of Iowa.

Please note: As a precaution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Center of Iowa is only open Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays presently. Each adventure pass for the Science Center is only good for either the morning session (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) or the afternoon session (1:00 PM-4:00 PM) on the day it is checked out. You do not have to sign up for a time period, but you may not use the pass for both sessions.

Adventure Passes are currently available for checkout for the Blank Park Zoo, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the Science Center of iowa. When you reserve an Adventure Pass with your library card, you book yourself and your family and friends a full day of fun. Each pass allows entrance for up to two adults and two children. Family members may reserve passes simultaneously if multiple passes are available on the same day, and additional tickets may be purchased at the gate.

If you wish to cancel your reservation, please call 283-4152 ext. 3. You must cancel by 10 AM of the day of your reservation. Failure to do so would prevent you from reserving that venue at a later date.

Use su tarjeta de la biblioteca pública de Des Moines para prestar boletos gratuitos a Blank Park Zoo (zoológico) y Greater Des Moines Botanical Center (centro botánico).

  • You must be:
    • A Des Moines Public Library cardholder
    • 18 years or older
    • A Des Moines or rural Polk County resident.
    • Your card must have a balance of less than $10
  • Reserve an Adventure Pass in advance by clicking on the "Reserve Your Adventure Pass" button.
  • Each cardholder may reserve a pass to each venue once every 365 days.
  • Each pass is a one-day pass, good for the day for which it is reserved.
  • To gain admission, cardholder must present:
    • A valid photo ID
    • A printed pass (A digital copy presented on a phone or other digital device will not be accepted).
  • Each pass allows:
    • Admission for up to four (4) people, including up to two (2) adults and two (2) children.

  • Adultos mayores de 18 años con una tarjeta de la biblioteca de Des Moines válida*, no vencida, pueden reservar boletos gratuitos a Blank Park Zoo y Greater Des Moines Botanical Center. 
  • Usuarios deben presentar identificación con foto válida y los boletos imprimidos en el lugar de adventura.  Si usted necesita ayuda reservando y/o imprimiendo su boleto, visite uno de los seis locales de la biblioteca de Des Moines.
  • Cada boleto proveé admisión gratuita para dos adultos y dos niños. Boletos no pueden ser utilizados para eventos que requieren membresía.
  • Usuarios pueden reservar un boleto para la familia para cada lugar, cada 365 días.

*Restricciones de residencia aplican. Usuarios deben ser residentes de Des Moines o Polk County rural.