All Buildings Remain Closed, Curbside Service Available

All Des Moines Public Library buildings remain closed to the public until further notice as a preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Patrons can now place new holds on materials, and curbside pickup service is available at all locations. Read more about that HERE

South Side Library

South Side exterior shot

Location Details

Address:
1111 SW Porter Avenue 
Des Moines, IA, 50315

Directions:
Google Maps

Brenda Hall headshot

Brenda Hall
Manager 
BKHall@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a South Side Library meeting room

Curbside Pickup Hours:
Sunday:  CLOSED
Monday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: CLOSED

The South Side Library features a wide collection of materials and a large updated children's area: Rosie's Zoo. The teen loft hosts an extensive teen book collection and comfortable seating, as well as a study area with tables containing built-in outlets. The South Side Library welcomes community groups to take advantage of its spacious meeting room.

For Volunteer Opportunities: Please contact Rebecca Cloud at RLCloud@dmpl.org

Upcoming Events

Closed for Labor Day

All Day 9/5 - 9/7
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site
Description:
Closed for Labor Day ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Free Play Saturdays with the Blank Park Zoo

12:00pm - 1:30pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Drop by the library to explore & play with Blank Park Zoo! Zoo educators will provide fun and seasonal nature exploration opportunities geared toward children ages 2-12 years and their caregivers. Bring your imagination and come prepared to get h...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Science Center of Iowa's "Boom!"

6:30pm - 7:15pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Educational, Exhibits
Event Details:
Does your child love watching things explode? Bring your future scientist to South and join us for the Science Center of Iowa's "Boom!". Kids can learn with a Science Center educator about pressure, temperature, and states of matter. Attendees can al...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

LEGO Saturday

10:00am - 4:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Gaming, Play & Learn
Event Details:
Bring the family to the South Side Library to play and build with LEGOS and Duplos in the Elementary Area from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.! For youth ages 3-12. This is an unsupervised, drop-in program. Parent or guardian must be present with children. ...
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site
Description:
Closed for Staff In-Service ...
Branches:
Central Library, East Side Library, Forest Avenue Library, Franklin Avenue Library, North Side Library, South Side Library, Off Site
Description:
Closed for Veterans Day ...