Library closed on Juneteenth

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in commemoration of Juneteenth. We will reopen at the regular time on Thursday, June 20.

Local and Self-Published Author Submission Form


The Des Moines Public Library welcomes information about works by local authors. A local author must live in the Greater Des Moines area.  

  • Submissions must fit the criteria described in the Collection Development Policy.  

  • The collection development team also considers: 

    • Interest and appeal to a broad audience 
    • Local connection in author or setting 

    • Availability from one of the library’s vendors (Baker & Taylor and Ingram)

    • Positive professional reviews (such as Kirkus reviews, Booklist, or Library Journal. We do not consider Amazon reviews)   

  • If the library adds your book to the collection, you will see it in the catalog within 60 days.  

  • Due to staffing and volume of requests, librarians are not able to meet with authors on an individual basis or notify them of the decision.  

  • All material donations will become the property of the library and will not be returned to the donor, nor will any payment be made. 

Authors who would like their work considered for the collection may fill out the following form below:


Contact Information


Book information

Has your book been assigned an ISBN?
Please include links to reviews, your website, any awards the book has won, or anything else that might help us in our decision process. 
Are you a local author?
Preference is given to books by local authors or Iowa connection as long as they meet the other criteria in our policy. 


Click here for a link to the library's collection development policy and self-publishing guidelines.