Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Area Libraries to Reopen March 29th

Kimberly Ritter

Residents of Des Moines, Iowa and surrounding areas will now be able to use metro libraries in-person. For the first time in more than a year, all Des Moines Public Library locations will be open for in-person services all day, Monday through Saturday.

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In-Person Library Services to Resume March 29th

Starting Monday, March 29th, 2021, patrons will be able to browse books and material, use the public computers and more at all six metro area DMPL locations.

Beginning Monday, March 29, all six locations of the Des Moines Public Library will be open for full days for in-person services such as browsing, public computer use, holds pickup, faxing/copying/printing services, new library card signups, and more.

All Des Moines area library locations will offer limited browsing, public computer use, fax/print/copy services, new library cards and renewals, socially distanced wi-fi usage, and more. Private study rooms can be reserved for 45 minutes at a time and tables and chairs will be available for 30-minute periods for wifi usage, studying, etc.

COVID-19 Precaution at Des Moines Libraries

Des Moines area libraries closed in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this closure, library leaders have worked with city officials and the library board of trustees to craft a safe reopening plan.

To help keep patrons safe, each library has added new safety measures and procedures. Masks are required for anyone over the age of two and social distancing is required at all times. Each library will also have new occupancy limits and customers will be limited to 30 minutes inside the library unless they are using a public computer.

The East Side, Forest Avenue, Franklin Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries will open at 10 AM Monday through Saturday, while Central Library will open at 9 AM Monday through Friday, and at 10 AM on Saturday.

Library Contactless Services Continue

While in-person services are resuming at area libraries, contactless and curbside services will also continue.

Curbside pickup will continue from 10 AM-1 PM Monday through Saturday at East Side, Forest Avenue, North Side, and South Side Libraries, and from 10 AM-4 PM Monday through Saturday at Franklin Avenue Library. The Central Library pickup window will be available full-time during regular hours. For more information on curbside service, visit Curbside Pickup FAQ.

Other contactless services include the following:

  • BOOK BUNDLES: Library staff will put together a stack of books for anyone in your family. Just fill out a simple form and let librarians do the rest!
  • BOOK CHAT: Answer a few questions and a team of expert librarians will send you personalized book suggestions. They can even put the items on hold for you.
  • CURBSIDE PICKUP: Request books in the online catalog, and staff will tell you when they’re ready to be picked up! Please remember when placing an item on hold at Central or Franklin, you must select your location as "Central Pick-up Window" or "Franklin Ave. Curbside" to have your holds delivered via curbside.
  • ASK A LIBRARIAN: Have a question about your account, or looking for information? Get in touch with a librarian!
  • VIRTUAL PROGRAMS: In-person programs are not yet available, but librarians are hosting and posting online programs for kids, families, and adults each week!
  • ONLINE LIBRARY CARDS: Sign up for a card here. 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.)

Library programming will remain virtual for the time being. For more information including a full breakdown of hours and services, visit the DMPL website for more information.

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