COVID-19 & Reopening

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Library Hours

West Des Moines Public Library building sketch

Library hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday 9am to 7pm
  • Friday-Saturday 10am to 2pm

The library will no longer be closing for mid-day cleaning. 

Hand sanitizing stations will be easy to locate throughout public areas.

Covid Precautions

There will be no formal mask requirement for entry, but patrons who come into the library are asked to wear face coverings and maintain social distance.

Masks will be required only of library users who approach service desks or need to work within six feet of library staff.  Staff will also continue to wear face coverings in public areas of the building.

Complimentary masks are available in the library.

Touch-free curbside delivery service will continue for those who request it.

Staff will no longer be keeping track of the number of simultaneous occupants when the library reopens. We continue to recommend social distancing for your own safety while in the building.  

Social distancing slide that reads, "Don't stack up. Please stay 6 feet apart."

New and Reopened Public Spaces

Library Living Room and Vending Machines 

The Library Living Room on the first floor is a new space where library users can eat or purchase food and drinks from vending machines. 

Covered drinks only are allowed in the rest of the library.  

Study Rooms

Study rooms will be available for in-person booking when the library opens.

Online booking of some study rooms will resume the week of April 26th.  

Other Meeting Spaces

The Community Room on the first floor and the Millie Knee Classroom on the second floor will be unavailable to large groups until later in the year.

Driver’s License Kiosk is gone

The library no longer hosts an Iowa DOT license renewal kiosk.  Other locations are available locally. 

New Teen Center

The new Teen Center on the first floor is designed and intended for library users in grades 6-12 and is the home of the young adult (YA) collection.

Teen Study Room 3
Teen Study Room 3

The three (3) new Teen Study Rooms in this area are also intended for middle and high school users and will be available for booking only through Youth Services staff when the building first reopens.

New Health Room

A room for those with special health needs is available on the first floor.  You may request the key at the Children’s Desk.

In the Children's Area

Story times will remain virtual until the summer reading program begins in May, at which time youth services staff will do in-person programming outside in open air, weather permitting. Staff expects the library to be back to regular in-person programming in the fall.

Play Area:  Toys and puppets will not be back out for use immediately, though play tables will be out for use in the Children's Area.

Throughout the summer, new features for the children’s area will be introduced, including a giant “Lite Brite”-type play station and new puppet stage.

New Technology for Children:  We have expanded the number of computers available at child-friendly carrels.  

We have also added new Tablet Hubs, where cardholders can check out a tablet for in-house use with youth-focused apps.  

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