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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 



Use the links at the left to find out more about the West Des Moines Public Library, including our hours, contact options, history and more!  Here is a small taste of what you can enjoy at the West Des Moines Public Library – Check Us Out!

What will I find at the West Des Moines Public Library?


Whether it’s Shakespeare or Stephen King, we strive to have books by the authors you love. Fiction, mysteries, westerns, fantasy & science fiction, as well as non-fiction titles are available to adults and children. New books are added on a continuing basis.

We now offer downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks for lending via the Bridges consortium (OverDrive). RBDigital and more!


The library subscribes to more than 300 magazines, from the AARP: The Magazine to Yoga Journal.  Back issues can be checked out.


In addition to local papers, the library carries current copies of major newspapers. The Des Moines Register is now available back to 2005 in full text through the ProQuest database.

Large Print Books

Mysteries, westerns, fiction, and non-fiction titles (including many biographies) are available in a large print format. Fiction Large Print has its own browsing section on the 2nd floor.


Books on CD are great for commuters, vacationers, or just for fun. The library’s collection includes more than 3000 best-selling fiction and non-fiction titles. We also offer downloadable eAudiobooks.  These can be downloaded to your computer or mobile device for listening.  Instructions are available.

Compact Discs

The library has a collection of Music on CD, including Classical, Country, Rock, Opera, Jazz, Blues and more.

Business & Financial Materials

Our reference collection has many print resources of business and investment information, including Value Line and the Investor’s Business Daily. We also have access to online investment resources, including Value Line and Morningstar.  Also available is the Small Business Reference Center database for business plans, business articles and more!

Puppets, Puzzles & Book Packs

Besides great books for kids, you’ll find puppets, puzzles, and book packs (books with CDs), plus musical CDs and kid-friendly DVDs!

These are available in our Youth Services Department.

Telephone Directories

The library has directories for many Iowa communities and for some major US cities. ReferenceUSA, a nationwide residential and business address and telephone database, is also available to search from the library or from home. The library has many useful Databases.

Special Equipment

To use in the library:

  • headphones
  • calculator
  • photocopiers
  • scan-to-USB on both copiers (scan is free)
  • Fax machine (1st floor, under stairs) – FREE!
  • internet-connected computers & printers
  • iPad interactive games stations (Children’s area)

For more information on check-out limits and fees, go to Using the Library: Loan Periods, Limits and Fees.


Over 3000 video recordings are available at the library–special-interest videos on gardening, cooking, travel, parenting, exercise…plus popular movies, classics as well as your current favorites.

Activities for Kids

A variety of storytimes and special programs for children are offered during the school year, while the Summer Reading Program encourages kids of all ages to keep reading year round! For more information, visit the Youth Services Department for a monthly calendar of events, check our online Calendar or call 515-222-3405.

Reference Service

When you have a question or need information on any subject, visit the Reference Desk, email (emails may not be answered same-day) or call 515-222-3403. We’ll be happy to search the library’s collection of reference materials for the answers you need. We have a number of online resources for searching magazines, newspapers, even business and residential listings! Please visit the Library’s Databases page for more information and links.

Electronic Resources

For kids: We’ve got interactive stories and games for preschoolers on dedicated Children’s Department stations (also accessible from home at Tumblebooks), plus great information resources like the kid-friendly, searchable online resources from EBSCO for school-age children to use in the library or from home.  See our Databases page for more info and links to these resources.

For adults: We have a number of searchable databases for magazines, newspapers, address and phone listings, self-learning options and more!  See our Databases page for more info and links to these resources.

Hold It

If the item you want is checked out, or if you want it pulled for you to pick up, use your library card to Request It on our Online Catalog. We’ll notify you when it comes in. Also, if we don’t own the book you need, we can borrow it from another library via Interlibrary Loan and have it for you in a couple of weeks. There is a small charge for Interlibrary Loan.  If it’s fairly new, you can request we purchase it.  More information and links to our web forms is on our Item Request page.

Outside Book Return

For your convenience, a 24-hour walk-up book return is located near the library’s front entrance.

Homebound Delivery Service

Love to read?  Having trouble getting to the library for health reasons?  The West Des Moines Public Library has a Homebound Delivery Service that can help!  Volunteers and staff are available to deliver library materials to West Des Moines residents who have difficulty getting to the library themselves.  If you, or someone you know, is interested in this service, please call the West Des Moines Library at 515-222-3404 for more information.  You can also fill out this Homebound Delivery Request Form online.


The West Des Moines Human Services van can transport WDM residents from home to the Library and back to your home any time within their hours of operation. The van schedule works around medical rides, as they take priority. For more information or to book a ride, call 515-222-3660 (WDM Human Services).

Volunteer Opportunities

A variety of volunteer positions are available, from homebound book delivery to assisting with special projects. Pick up an application at the Information Desk, go to our Volunteer Opportunities page, or call 515-222-3407.


The West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation, a non-profit organization, helps the library provide additional equipment, books, programs and services to the community through their volunteer and fundraising efforts. Membership brochures are available in the library. You might also want to check out the Friends Foundation Page.

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