South Side Library

South Side exterior shot

Location Details

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

Directions:
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Brenda Hall headshot

Brenda Hall
Manager 
BKHall@dmpl.org

Phone:
(515) 283-4152

Book a South Side Library meeting room

Hours:
Sunday:  Closed
Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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 Paige Knotts at PKKnotts@dmpl.org.

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Children" group.

Star Wars Scavenger Hunt

December 13, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Gaming
Event Details:
Kids! Get ready to explore the galaxy at South with our "Star Wars" Scavenger Hunt! Drop in from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM to search the library for "Star Wars" characters and win a prize! May the Force be with you! For youth ages 5-12. Parent or guardian ...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Kid's Craft Day: Holiday Tree Bookmarks

December 14, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holidays
Event Details:
Kids and families! Drop in at South from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for our Saturday Craft Day! This week, kids can use our foam stickers and holiday tree foam cutouts to decorate a Holiday Tree Bookmark to take home! For youth ages 5 and up. This is a drop...
This event is in the "Children" group.

Furry Tales with Caper

December 14, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: South Side Library
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Event Details:
Children are encouraged to read with Caper, the therapy dog, at South! Caper is a friendly Pembroke Welsh Corgi who loves to hear stories! Walk in and choose a book to read to Caper in the Children's Area! For youth ages 3-12. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

A Very Merry Rosie Holiday Storytime

December 16, 2019
6:30pm - 7:00pm
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, Holidays, Storytimes
Event Details:
Families and kids can join Miss Janee and Rosie the Reader for holiday fun during A Very Merry Rosie Holiday Storytime at 6:30 PM! Kids can hear holiday stories and songs, make holiday crafts and get their picture taken with Rosie the Reader! For you...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Toddler Storytime

December 18, 2019
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, occasional crafts and a little playtime with Miss Janee. For toddlers ages 18 months - 3 years. ...
This event is in the "Birth-Preschool" group.

Preschool Storytime

December 19, 2019
10:00am - 10:30am
South Side Library Meeting Room
Library Branch: South Side Library
Room: South Side Library Meeting Room
Age Group: Birth-Preschool
Program Type: Storytimes
Event Details:
Join Miss Janee for stories, rhymes, songs, movement, and occasional crafts/activities that build literacy and kindergarten-readiness skills. Ages three to five. ...