Please Note: At a special meeting of the West Des Moines Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 5th, members of the Board and library administration decided that the West Des Moines Public Library will reopen to limited walk-in traffic starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, January 11. Additional details are below.
Changes for Public Health
We’re delighted to serve WDM Library patrons while keeping everyone safe. To accomplish this, there have been some changes to protect public health. They are detailed on this page. Some items of note:
- All library staff in public areas wear cloth face coverings;
- Patrons over the age of two (2) years entering the building are asked to wear cloth face coverings as per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and a November proclamation from the office of Governor Kim Reynolds. Complimentary masks will be available;
- Meeting and study rooms will remain unavailable.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact the library at 515-222-3400 or email us.
If you or a member of your household are sick or have you been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks, we ask that you do not come to the Library. Contact our Circulation staff about other options to get materials: 515-222-3404
- Computer use will be limited to a single, 60-minute session. Time will not auto-renew.
- Additional computer time can be requested from staff, if you're working on a project. Be sure you talk to us before your 60 minutes are up.
- Staff will work to keep computer stations clean, but if you have concerns, sanitizer will be available.
- Staff will only be able to provide limited computer help in order to ensure social distancing.
- Regular printing charges apply.
- Some public computers will be unavailable, so that there is space between users.
- Masks are REQUIRED at all times while you are in the library building, including while using computers.
If you prefer not to come into the building, you can send a print job via our wireless printing options, then call the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403 to print it out. We can have it taken curbside for pickup. Please allow at least one (1) hour turnaround for this service.
Other Services Available Now
- Access to the DOT Kiosk is available, but we recommend calling ahead to ensure it is in service, as we've had repeated down times.
- Notary Services are available when notary staff are present. Please call 515-222-3403 to inquire about times and make an appointment.
- Exam Proctoring is available on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our Exam Proctoring page.
Books and Materials
- Please return ALL materials in the book return outside the Front of the building. This allows us to safely handle material returns.
- Please allow 24-48 hours for all materials to be taken off your account due to our quarantining of materials. Your items will not accrue late fees during this quarantine period unless you manually renew them online. If you returned an item, please be patient with this new process.
- All materials currently checked out are due back at their normal due dates, 3 weeks for most items, 1 week for magazines.
- Most materials may be renewed by using our online catalog or by calling the library at 515-222-3400. As usual, materials on waiting lists cannot be renewed.
- If you cannot return your items or have someone return them, please contact our Circulation staff about other options: 515-222-3404.
- Curbside hold pick up will likely continue after the building reopens, if you find you need to use that option. Please contact Circulation staff at 515-222-3404.
- We are taking material donations again - please limit to no more than one paper bag, deposited in the outside book drop. If you need a receipt, please call staff.
- If you have questions about services to children and teens, please contact our Youth Services staff at 515-222-3405. They would be happy to help you find materials and resources.
- You can also request a bundle of books for youth from our staff by filling out this short form.
- All toys and puppets in the Children’s Room have been stored temporarily to reduce high-touch zones. Some puzzles and other learning kits are available for checkout for home use.
- We have new program opportunities starting in January, including author visits, special virtual storytimes around the community, and our Teen Advisory Board resumes. Find more information on our calendar.
- Ongoing reading opportunities and challenges are available at our Library Beanstack Reading site!
We are currently in Phase 4 of our ongoing renovations, which comprises the bulk of the most disruptive work.
- Much of the public space on the First Floor will be under construction into Spring of 2021, except for the main checkout area.
- Both Youth Services and Adult Services will be temporarily housed upstairs until the first floor is finished
- There will be limited seating and study space, as nearly all Library operations will take place upstairs while renovations continue downstairs.