All Library Locations Closed Until Further Notice

All Des Moines Public Library buildings will be closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). For more information about library services during our closure, please go HERE.

Get a DMPL Digital Card

Digital Card

Due to the Des Moines Public Library being closed to the public, we are now offering people the opportunity to sign up for a digital library card.

A digital library card will work as a temporary, three-month card that will allow you to use our digital materials – eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, databases, and other resources such as free access to The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Some digital materials, including all streaming video and some downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, are only available to residents of Des Moines and rural Polk County.

Once the card expires, digital cardholders will need to come to the library with a photo ID and proof of address and get a new physical card.

How it works:

  1. Fill out the form below.
  2. A Des Moines Public Library representative will reach out via email in the next two business days with instructions on how to start using your card. Library staff is responding to requests from 8 AM-5PM Monday through Friday, so thank you in advance for your patience.

NOTE: If you already have a Des Moines Public Library card, you do not need a digital card to access digital materials. This is a new way for people to sign up for a library card without being present in a building.

Digital Card Application

I AGREE TO
  • Return all items on time
  • Pay all fines or fees
  • Report loss or theft of my card promptly
  • Follow the policies of the library
  • Report Change of name or address promptly
  • This card is not transferable
Please use your finger or mouse to create your signature in the box below.

The person whose signature appears below or their/parent/guardian is responsible for all materials borrowed on this card.