Reduced Services at All DMPL Locations

All Des Moines Public Library locations have reduced in-person services at this time. Browsing will be unavailable, and public computers will only be available at Central Library by appointment. Curbside Pickup will continue at all locations. Go HERE for all the details about this decision and to see our new hours, services, and offerings at each DMPL location.

Newspaper, Magazine & Other Indexes

Pages from Iowa Annals

The Des Moines Public Library maintains an ongoing index to the Des Moines Register, Des Moines Tribune, and several other publications. Local and statewide articles may be found by subject, author, or keyword. Obituaries from newspapers have been indexed since the 1960s. DMPL staff can also locate local articles and obituaries for time periods not covered by our index.

The index will indicate in which publication to find the article, but will not provide full-text of the article. In order to access articles, please see our physical holdings information below or contact DMPL.

Search DMPL's Publication Index

Index Includes the Following:

  • Annals of Iowa, 1991 to 2020.
  • Business Record, 1982 to date.
  • Bystander, 1894-1921,1927-1935,1949-1951.
  • Cityview, 1992 to 2020.
  • Des Moines HomeStyle, 2003-2012.
  • Des Moines Press Citizen, 2002-2004.
  • Des Moines Register, 1986 to date (obituaries 1960 to date).
  • Des Moines Skywalker, 1986-1992.
  • Des Moines Tribune, 1907-1944 (obituaries 1960-1982).
  • DSM Magazine, 2015 to 2020.
  • Iowa Heritage Illustrated, 2010 to 2020.
  • Iowa History Journal, 2010 to 2020.
  • Iowa Outdoors, 2010 to 2020.
  • The Iowan, 1999 to 2020.
  • Our Iowa, 2010 to 2020.

Library Physical Holdings:

  • Annals of Iowa, 1893 to date.
  • Business Record, 1982 to date.
  • Bystander, 1894-1921, 1927-June 1985 (microfilm), 1949-1986, 1987 (February and March), 1996-2002.
  • Cityview, 1992 to date.
  • Des Moines Homestyle, 2003-2012
  • Des Moines Press-Citizen, 2002-2004
  • Des Moines Register, 1871 to date.
  • Des Moines Skywalker, 1983-1992.
  • Des Moines Tribune, 1907-1982.
  • DSM. 2003 to 2020.
  • Iowa Heritage Illustrated, 1996 to date.
  • Iowa History Journal, 2010 to date.
  • Iowa Outdoors, 2007 to date.
  • The Iowan, 1952 to date.
  • Our Iowa, 2009 to date.

Search the UNI Des Moines Register Index

Index of the Des Moines Register created by the University of Northern Iowa for September 1965-June 1976 .

From out of town?

The Des Moines Public Library Reference Department offers Premium Research Services for those seeking information about a particular person, topic or event.