Fun Fact

Monarch butterflies fly South in autumn to Mexico and California. Traveling between 12 and 25 miles per hour (!), they are the only insect that migrates up to 2,500 miles for nicer weather.

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I moved here with my family from the East coast. Where we lived the library system had limited resources and locations. Being new to the area we really tried to find ways to get to know the community as well as connect with other families and find fun activities for our daughters. The West Des Moines library really felt like a warm embrace...We love the library. I love how the staff is always wonderful and enthusiastic with children and always super helpful when I myself need help. ...The library is an asset to our community. I love it. 

 

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Requesting Checked-Out Materials That We Own

Library card holders may place a “request” on materials that are checked out. This service is available in-house, online (library card number and PIN required to place hold), via our mobile app, and by phone (515-222-3400). Patrons may also ‘request’ items that are on the shelf, to have them pulled and held for you.  Patrons will be notified by phone or email when their items are ready to be picked up.

Holds waiting for pickup are put in a self-serve pickup area on the 1st floor. An item that is not picked up will be cancelled. Your requests can be put on “inactive status” during vacations.

Go to:  Instructions for Requesting Checked-Out Materials

Requesting Materials That We Do NOT Own

If the Library does not own an item you are looking for, you may request that we locate it for you.  The Library may purchase the item OR borrow it from another location through our free-of-charge options, MOBIUS and PROSPECTOR.  If the library is not able to purchase the title OR borrow the item from another location with MOBIUS or PROSPECTOR, we may be able to borrow it through another system for a small fee.  Please indicate on the Item Request Form (below) if you would be willing to pay this fee.

You can also Search MOBIUS and PROSPECTOR yourself, and make a borrowing request online.

Items borrowed under MOBIUS or Prospector have the following limits:

  • You can have ten (10) requests in process per library card account at any given time. This includes both items you’ve already picked up and those in-transit.
  • It generally takes about 7-10 days for an item to come in or get back to the lending library, so you may want to space your requests out accordingly.
  • MOBIUS and Prospector limits are separate from any limits on WDM Library-owned materials you have checked out.

A WDM Library Card number is required to make any request.

Forms are here:

Item Request Form (any format)

Interlibrary Loan Request – BOOK 

Interlibrary Loan Request – Article