Franklin Avenue Library

Franklin Avenue exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
5000 Franklin Avenue
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Directions:
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Nikki Hayter headshot

Nikki Hayter
Manager 
NMHayter@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a Franklin Avenue Library meeting room

In-Person Services
  • 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00 PM Sunday
Pickup Window
  • 10:00 AM-7:00 PM Monday-Thursday
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Friday
  • 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

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 Lynn Heuss, leheuss@dmpl.org. Teen volunteers, please contact Jennifer Leveck, jkleveck@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

NEA Big Reads Student Art Exhibit

All Day 10/18 - 10/30
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Exhibits
Event Details:
Join us at Des Moines Public Library for a student art exhibit inspired by the NEA Big Read pick Fahrenheit 451. Explore artistic interpretations of censorship from over 50 Des Moines Public School student artists at the Franklin and Central branches...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library

11:00am - 12:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Library Meeting
Event Details:
Please join the Friends of the Franklin Avenue Library for our quarterly member's meeting. If you are looking for a wonderful way to support the Franklin Avenue Library, consider becoming a Friend! The purpose of the Friends of the Fr...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

CROSSROADS: A History of the Blues featuring Scott Davis

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Performances
Event Details:
Scott Davis is a member of the Des Moines Musician’s Association. A Des Moines native, he received his undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master’s in performance and education at Drake University. Scott was ...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.

This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Storytime To Go Bags

All Day
Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Children’s Area
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Storytimes, Take & Make
Event Details:
Visit the Franklin Library every Monday to pick up a different Storytime To Go Bag.  Each bag will include rhymes, songs, and book suggestions for babies and preschoolers along with literacy activities.  The storytime bags are recommended f...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center

All Day 10/25 - 10/31
All Locations
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: All Locations
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Heritage/History Month, Take & Make
Event Details:
Celebrate Day of the Dead with the Des Moines Art Center What is Day of the Dead? Day of the Dead is a holiday that is celebratory, yet respectful of death, and has been practiced in parts of Latin America for centuries. Families honor their ance...
This event is in the "Teens" group.

Learn to Slay: Intro to Dungeons & Dragons

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Registration
Library Branch: Franklin Avenue Library
Room: Franklin Avenue Meeting Room
Age Group: Teens
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 28
Event Details:
Have you ever wanted to slay a dragon, raid a dungeon treasure room, or even save a village from an evil bandit horde? Always wanted to play Dungeons & Dragons, but didn’t know where to start? Join us as we learn the basics of how to get start...

Disclaimer(s)

Indoor Program

This program is hosted indoors.  Please observe social distancing and follow local COVID-19 safety mandates. Hand sanitizer will be provided and staff will do their best to ensure any shared materials are disinfected between use. This program is subject to COVID-19 safety protocol updates, including room capacity limits. Please check our website for updates.