Limited, In-Person Services Available

All library locations are now open for limited browsing, public computer use, and additional in-person services for several hours per day Monday through Saturday. Please find service hours and full details HERE.

We are Open: In-Person, Curbside, Online!

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Beginning Wednesday, January 27, ALL locations of the Des Moines Public Library will reopen to the public for limited browsing, public computer use, and other in-person services.

This phase of reopening is called DMPL Express. Our goal with DMPL Express is to provide additional in-person options to better serve our customers and community, but in a way that moves people in and out as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible.

The number of people allowed inside the building at one time will be limited, and everyone age 2 and older must always wear a mask inside the library. In addition, staff assistance will be limited, and staff will not be able to offer personalized computer help.

Here's What DMPL Express Looks Like

At the East Side, Forest Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries:
  • DMPL Express service will be offered 4-6 hours each day (except Sunday) beginning at 1:00 PM. Services include:
    • Limited browsing (30 minutes)
    • Holds pickup inside the building
    • Public computer use (walk-ins only, for 45-minute sessions)
    • Wifi access
    • Printing, faxing, copying services
    • Library card signups and renewals
  • Curbside pickup will be available ONLY from 10 AM-1 PM Monday through Saturday
At Franklin Avenue Library:
  • DMPL Express service will be offered 1-7 PM Monday through Thursday, and 1-5 PM Friday and Saturday. Services include:
    • Limited browsing (30 minutes)
    • Holds pickup inside the building
    • Public computer use (walk-ins only, for 45-minute sessions)
    • Wifi access
    • Printing, faxing, copying services
    • Library card signups and renewals
    • Curbside pickup will be available 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Saturday.
  • When placing an item on hold to be picked up at Franklin, you must now choose your location as Franklin Ave. Library (inside the building) *or* Franklin Ave. Curbside (curbside pickup).
At Central Library:
  • Browsing and inside holds pickup will be available 1-5 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; and 1-7 PM Tuesday and Thursday
  • The pickup window, public computer use, Wifi café, and print/fax/copy/DOT Kiosk will be available 9 AM-5 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 AM-7 PM Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 AM-5 PM Saturday.
  • The book sale will open at 1 PM Monday through Saturday.
  • When placing an item on hold to be picked up at Central, you must choose your location as Central Library (inside the building) *or* Central Pick-up Window (drive-up pickup window).

Please Continue to Access our Contactless Services!

Not ready to return to the library just yet? We still offer many options for contactless services.

BOOK BUNDLES: We’ll put together a stack of books for anyone in your family. Just fill out a simple form and let our librarians do the rest!

BOOK CHAT: Answer a few questions and our team of expert librarians will send you personalized book suggestions. We can even put the items on hold for you!

CURBSIDE PICKUP: Request books in our online catalog, and we’ll tell you when they’re ready to be picked up!

ASK A LIBRARIAN: Have a question for us about your account, or looking for information? Get in touch with a librarian!

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: We still don’t have in-person programs, but we are hosting and posting online programs for kids, families, and adults each week!

Reopening FAQ

We understand COVID-19 is still in our communities, and for several months library leaders have worked with city officials and the library board of trustees to craft a safe reopening plan. Each library has added new safety measures and procedures, and masks and social distancing will be required at all times. In addition, each library will have new occupancy limits.

All locations will offer limited browsing, public computer use (walk-ins only), fax/print/copy services, new library cards and renewals, and more. Central Library’s pickup window will continue full-time, and curbside pickup hours have changed at each other library. Please check hours for each location.

No. All locations will now make a limited number of public computers available for use for 45-minute sessions to those who walk in and ask to use a computer. Please check service hours for each location.

At Central Library, the pickup window will remain open during regular hours. Curbside pickup will operate only between 10 AM and 1 PM at East Side, Forest Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries, and from 10 AM-4 PM at Franklin Avenue Library. Remember to check out our Curbside Pickup FAQ page for more curbside questions.

All returned library materials will be quarantined for one business day before returning to library shelves or being checked out to the next customer.

Yes! Sign up HERE. (NOTE: Cardholders must be a resident of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, or rural Polk County to access some digital resources, including streaming video and downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.) 

New Hours

CENTRAL LIBRARY

  • DMPL Express (Browsing, Holds)
    • 1-5 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
    • 1-7 PM Tuesday, Thursday
  • Pickup Window + Public Computers
    • 9 AM-5 PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    • 9 AM-7 PM Tuesday, Thursday
    • 10 AM-5 PM Saturday

 

EAST SIDE LIBRARY

  • Curbside Pickup
    • 10 AM-1 PM Monday-Saturday;
  • DMPL Express 
    • 1-7 PM Monday and Tuesday
    • 1-5 PM Wednesday through Saturday

 

FOREST AVENUE LIBRARY

  • Curbside Pickup
    • 10 AM-1 PM Monday-Saturday
  • DMPL Express
    • 1-7 PM Monday and Thursday
    • 1-5 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

 

FRANKLIN AVENUE LIBRARY

  • Curbside Pickup
    • 10 AM-4 PM Monday-Saturday
  • DMPL Express
    • 1-7 PM Monday-Thursday
    • 1-5 PM Friday-Saturday

 

NORTH SIDE LIBRARY

  • Curbside Pickup
    • 10 AM-1 PM Monday-Saturday
  • DMPL Express
    • 1-7 PM Tuesday-Wednesday
    • 1-5 PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

SOUTH SIDE LIBRARY

  • Curbside Pickup
    • 10 AM-1 PM Monday-Saturday
  • DMPL Express
    • 1-7 PM Monday and Wednesday
    • 1-5 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday