NEW Mobile App Coming Soon!

We're launching a NEW mobile app!  Note:  Your old WDM Library app may stop working soon, so we can update the App stores.

Watch the week of the 19th for more info on the NEW app!

For now, you can place holds and check your account via your mobile browser: https://encore.wdm.iowa.gov

Closed for Renovations Starting March 1st

The WDM Library is Temporarily Closed to finish our Renovations. Starting March 1st, the closure will last between six and eight weeks, as we have a LOT to do!  Curbside holds pickup is available - we have EXPANDED the hours: M-Th 9a-7p and Fri/Sat 10a-2p!  For more information, see our Building Renovations page.  

Planned Giving

Your Generosity Will Make a Difference

A planned gift to a charitable organization like The West Des Moines Public Library allows you to make a positive difference in our community while also making a wise financial decision. With some strategy and planning, you may be able to:

  • Reduce income, gift and estate taxes
  • Secure a source of cash flow for the rest of your life
  • Reduce or eliminate capital gains taxes

If you want to be a supporter of the Library for years to come, planned giving may be a way to achieve that. When you honor your community by putting The Library in your will or estate plan, there are benefits to you and your family beyond just giving to a good cause.

Depending on how you and your family feels your generosity may be spotlighted publicly or kept quiet. Legacy givers also have the opportunity to have input into how their gifts are used, just as the survivors of the benefactor who made this website possible did.

Ways to Give

Charitable bequests are made through wills or revocable living trusts and are a popular way to support causes and organizations like the Library. Bequests are simple to arrange, offer flexibility and can reduce estate taxes. Contact the library director to learn more about this opportunity.

In many cases, donating some or all of the assets from your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan or pension is a smart option. Contact the library director to find out how you can make such a gift during your lifetime or after death to establish a legacy to carry on your commitment to the community.

Assets such as securities, life insurance policies, U.S. savings bonds, annuity contracts, tangible personal property, coinage and precious metals and works of art are all welcome gifts. Contact the library director to learn how to bestow your gift to the library.

Making a legacy gift requires careful consideration and professional consultation. The Library also suggests that you contact your attorney or financial advisor to evaluate your options.

Making an endowment gift requires careful consideration and professional consultation. The Library suggests that you contact your attorney or financial advisor to evaluate your options.

To discuss your giving plan, please call Darryl Eschete, library director, at 515-222-3409, or by e-mail at Darryl.eschete@wdm.iowa.gov