All Des Moines Public Library locations provide free access to computers. A library card is required to use a public computer, and you can get a guest pass for computer use. You can use the computers to access the internet, as well as a scanner, for up to two hours. If no one is waiting to use the computer, guests can ask a library staff member for additional time. Internet workstations shut down automatically 15 minutes before closing time at each library.
Children’s areas also have AWE computers, which offer games and activities to help a child grow their literacy skills.
Central Library also has computers for public use to access the Foundation Directory Online, as well as a computer with JAWS (Job Access with Speech) and a computer screen reader program to assist visually impaired users. Central Library also offers microfilm readers.
North Side Library provides Chromebooks for checkout for use inside the library.
All libraries have printers that allow you to print on-site. All libraries have photocopiers and fax machines available for public use.
|Location||Public Printers*||Photocopiers*||Fax/Scan**||Sell Fax Cards|
|Central||Color printer on 2nd floor
B&W in Youth area
|B&W / Color on 2nd floor||Yes||Yes|
|East||Color printer||B&W only||Yes||No|
|Forest||Color printer||B&W only||Yes||Yes|
|Franklin||Color printer in Adult area
B&W in Youth area
|North||Color printer||B&W only||Yes||No|
|South||Color printer||B&W only||Yes||Yes|
*Print and Photocopy Prices per page:
Print: $0.25 (B&W or color)
B&W photocopy: $0.25
Color photocopy: $0.25
Domestic: (USA, Canada, and Caribbean) - $1.75 first page, $1.00 each additional page.
Scan to email: (USA, Canada, and Caribbean) - $1.75 first page, $1.00 each additional page.
International: $3.95 first page, $3.45 each additional page.
Technology help is available in person by attending one of our free technology help classes, or you can contact us with your questions about your device, one of our resources or collections, and more.
At Central Library, you can receive one-on-one basic job search help - filling out a job application, updating or building your resume - by scheduling a 30-minute appointment with a librarian. Call (515) 283-4152, ext. 3, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At North Side Library, attend a Basic Computer Skills course each Monday from 2-3 p.m., and a Job Seekers course, using Google tools, each Thursday from 2-3 p.m.
You can use our Learning Express Library, which features online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help with everything from basic computer and tech skills to job search and workplace skills improvements, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, and more.
Des Moines Public Library Director Sue Woody welcomes guests to the Grow with Google Iowa workshops on Monday, April 15, 2019. Courtesy of Google.
In April 2019, the Des Moines Central Library hosted Grow with Google Iowa, a day of free digital workshops and one-on-one coaching to small business owners, entrepreneurs, educators, nonprofit employees, and job seekers.
The event was part of the Grow with Google Initiative. Workshops ranged from lessons on using Google My Business tools to show small businesses how to connect with customers to learning how to use the Grow With Google Partner Program to help nonprofits find free resources to teach digital skills to their communities.
More than 400 people attended the event, including appearances by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. At the event, Google announced its 2019 Impact Challenge Iowa, which would award $1 million in grant funding to nonprofits in support of big ideas to create economic opportunity in the state of Iowa.
Following the event, the North Side Library received a Google grant to launch a weekly job seekers course, which takes place from 2-3 p.m. each Thursday.