Winter Weather Closures and Extended Deadlines

All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closing at 2:00 PM today (Monday, January 25). No in-person or curbside services will be provided after that time. 

Deadlines for holds pickup and items due Monday and Tuesday have been extended until Wednesday, January 27.

Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

Franklin Avenue Library

Franklin Avenue exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
Google Maps

Nikki Hayter headshot

Nikki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Franklin Avenue Library meeting room

Curbside Pickup Hours

Sunday: Closed
Monday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 7 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

The Franklin Avenue Library on Des Moines’ west side, serves the needs, wants, and tastes of its community of patrons with a collection of over 100,000 items. The many available media formats include books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, magazines, and electronic resources, as well as over 40 public internet computers for easy online access.

For information about the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library, a 501(c)(3) organization that supports programs and activities at the library, please visit the organization's new website.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Adult volunteers, please contact Sarah Early, sdearly@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Teens" group.

Nintendo Switch Teen Tournament: Mario Kart 8

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Online Programming
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 9
Event Details:
Join us for a Mario Kart tournament for ages 10-18. You can participate in this event if you have a Nintendo Switch with a Nintendo Online subscription, and a copy of Mario Kart 8. The day of the tournament, log onto Mario Kart 8 on your Switch ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Join the Ukulele Craze and Learn How to Play

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Get started on the ukulele and quickly learn to play familiar tunes while having fun! Play your own ukulele or borrow one of North Side Library's soprano ukuleles with your library card. Natalie Steenson will facilitate this 4-week class, t...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Take & Make: Wine Cork Trivet

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Waitlist Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Join us online for Take & Make: Wine Cork Trivet!  Registrants will receive a FREE kit some of the supplies needed to make a trivet. A trivet is very similar to a pot holder. It is used under a hot pan so it doesn't ru...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Iowa Goldfinch Award Bookclub

4:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Help choose the next Iowa Goldfinch Award winner!  The Goldfinch Award is decided entirely by kids in grades K - 3rd.  Join us for a Zoom book club with 3 sessions where you will listen to five of the nominated picture books.  This pro...
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Spark Stories: Melissa Gradischnig

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Teens, Adults
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Melissa Gradischnig is the Director of Marketing & Community Relations at Central Iowa Shelter & Services—the largest homeless shelter in the state of Iowa.  She also founded and coordinates Voices to Be Heard, a statewide support g...

Disclaimer(s)

Accessibility

The library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the library.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Book Clubs
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 6
Event Details:
Join us on Zoom for the DMPL Virtual YA for Adults Book Club.  This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and password to the Zoom meeting.    ...