Fun Fact

English speakers have used the word ‘spring’ for the season since the 16th century. Before that it meant the source of a river. The season was known as Lent or Lenten.

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Carol H., healthcare professional

I've kept track of the e-books that I've checked out since the library started e-books in 2010 and what they cost on Amazon at the time I checked them out. 289 books - $2316. And that's not counting the audio books I've checked out. I've always told my kids that the library is one of the only things in life that's free! I've told many people about the wonderful things available at the library. 


Friends Foundation

Become a Friend of the West Des Moines Library

The West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation supports the West Des Moines Public Library and the many services, materials, and programs it provides to our community. With your support, this year the Friends Foundation will help the Library:

  • Purchase new books, electronic materials, technology, and library artwork.
  • Support essential programs that serve the unique needs of children, teens, adults, and seniors.
  • Help fund the library’s Summer Reading Program serving almost 2,600 registered children.
    During the summer, over 170 programs were offered to more than 25,000 attendees.
  • Sponsor and operate special events like the Visiting Author series, featuring Iowa authors
  • NEW this year!  Help to purchase a Library Van – with an attractive visual wrap! – for WDM Library outreach activities.

New Library Van (Dec, 2017), with Friends Board members (L to R) Doug Pfeil, Kathleen Till-Stange, Jean Fagen, Sally Beisser, Michelle Mahoney, Justine Morton, Mary Brooks, Elizabeth Baustian, Dan Werner (rear), Carol Grant, Stacy Conradt and Library Director Darryl Eschete.


2016 Friends VJ VIP card

One of the many benefits of becoming a Friends member!


2017-18 Friends Board
Front row (left to right): Susan Freed, Katie Bliss, Mary Kay Newton, Stacy Conradt, Kate Amdor, Carol Grant, Jean Fajen, Elizabeth Baustian, Kathleen Till-Stange. 
Back row (left to right): Michele Schatzberg, Katie Getting, Jeff Thomas, Danielle Stull, Don Ryckman, Doug Pfeil , Jim Harrington, Sally Beisser, Dan Werner. 
Unavailable for the photo: Drew Engebrecht , Michelle Mahoney, Justine Morton.

If you share our belief that a strong public library is essential to making West Des Moines an even better place to live, please join or renew your membership to the Friends Foundation by clicking the “Make a Donation” button below.

You can also send your membership donation to:

West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation

4000 Mills Civic Parkway

West Des Moines, Iowa 50265-2049

Your membership is tax-deductible and will ensure a strong and vital community library.

Make a Donation

Click the Make a Donation button to donate and become a Member of the Friends.

Questions can be directed to wdmlibraryfriends [at]  Note that this email is staffed by volunteers, and may not be answered same-day.