DMPL closed Monday, May 27

Plan ahead: All locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be closed Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day Holiday. 

COMING SOON: Summer Reading Challenge

The 2024 Summer Reading Challenge starts Monday, June 3! Find more information on the program HERE, and learn all about our special Summer Reading Kickoff Party on June 2 HERE!

Notary Services

The Des Moines Public Library offers free notary public services at most locations. If you would like to schedule a free notary appointment, please contact one of the following people at each of these locations:

*Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Please remember - our notaries are not attorneys licensed to practice law in this state. They are not allowed to draft legal records, give advice on legal matters, including immigration, or charge a fee for those activities.

Notary Services - What You Need

If you come in to use our notary service, please ensure you have:

  • A valid ID
  • A proper notarial certificate (examples)
  • If required, a witness or witnesses, who will require their own valid ID.

For more information, please see the Iowa Secretary of State's Notary page.

If you have questions, please contact the notary you intend to use before the time of the appointment. You may also contact the Reference Department ( or call us at (515) 283.4152