Fun Fact

The Dog Days of Summer refers to the period July 3rd - August 11th.  Named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the constellation of Canis Major.

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Rachel E., 2017

I had just hurt my back really badly and could barely walk. With three little kids in tow, it seemed impossible to get in and out of the library. But I called and explained the situation, and [staff were] able to check the books out to me and even brought them out to my car. ...Over and over I am amazed at the friendliness and helpfulness of the WDM Library employees. 


Library Mission


The West Des Moines Public Library will promote the joy of reading, the
love of learning and the sharing of ideas by providing access to
information and knowledge for people of all ages.


The West Des Moines Public Library is a relevant and integral part of the
community. The library enriches the lives of residents by providing
convenient and timely access to information and ideas, by offering
engaging activities and opportunities for personal and professional growth,
by promoting a love of reading and learning and by remaining responsive
the changing needs of its users.

Above taken from the WDM Library Strategic Plan, July 2017 – June 2022