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North Side Library

North Side Library exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
3516 5th Ave. 
Des Moines, IA, 50313

Directions:
Google Maps

Kate Young headshot

Kate Young
Manager 
KEYoung@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a North Side 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
  • Closed Sunday
Curbside Pickup
  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday-Saturday
  • Closed Sunday

The North Side Library features the Heritage Collection, which is filled with local history artifacts from the Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods. The vintage photographs and memorabilia encased in the meeting room tell the story of the Park’s past.

The North Side Library drive-up book drop is open 24/7 and located on the west side of the building facing the alley. Enter the alley from Euclid Avenue for driver’s side access.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Virtual Stories, Songs and Movement!

10:15am - 10:45am
Online Programming
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Online Programming
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Let's Go Camping! Bring your imagination and join Miss Donna on Facebook as we read books, sing and move our bodies in this playful story time about the world we live in. Ages two and up. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

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

Hula Hooping Fun with Sparkle Hoop Dance

10:30am - 11:30am
North Side Library Lawn
Registration
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Library Lawn
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:
Get moving outside the North Side Library with hula hooping for the whole family. Mary Boovey, of Sparkle Hoop Dance, will provide hula hoops and music while showing us fun tricks to try out with our hoops! Registration is required ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

Outdoor Program

This program is hosted outdoors.  Attendees must obey all signage and follow current mask mandates and social distancing guidelines from the city of Des Moines.

In case of inclement weather please check back here for updates. 

This event is in the "Adults" group.

Mini Murder Mystery: Murder of the High Wizard

3:00pm - 3:45pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Adults
Program Type: Gaming
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 3
Event Details:
Have you always dreamed of Wizard School?  Now's your chance to be a member of the faculty! but be warned--there is murder afoot! The body of High Magus Wilburton was discovered this morning. It appears he died late last night, the night of a...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Mighty Girl Empowerment Series

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Zoom Program Room
Registration
Library Branch: DMPL Virtual
Room: Zoom Program Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Health & Wellness
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Are you a mighty girl*? Ready to become a mighty woman but have questions? Then join DMPL and community experts to get your questions answered in this four-session series. Know your body, know yourself, and get empowered! Session topics ...
This event is in the "Adults" group.

DMPL Virtual Genre Voyager 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: 9
Event Details:
What do the terms romance, mystery, fiction, sci-fi bring to mind? Have you ever wondered if there is more to these terms than what meets the eye? Are you looking to expand your reading horizons? Every season, roughly every 3 months, we move on to...
This event is in the "Children" group.

All Summer Long Celebration

10:00am - 5:30pm
North Side Children’s Area
Library Branch: North Side Library
Room: North Side Children’s Area
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Educational
Event Details:
Celebrate the end of summer reading with us at North Side! Drop-in to the library during to enjoy art, STEM, and literacy activity stations for the whole family. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Children’s Program

Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver over 12 years old.

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.