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Sensory Spaces at the WDM Library Returns

The West Des Moines Public Library is excited to be participating in Sensory Spaces with other Metro area libraries. During these designated times, each Sensory Space library will offer special hours for members of the public who appreciate a sensory-friendly environment. The first Sensory Space time at the West Des Moines Public Library will be on Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Blind Date with a Book

This Valentine's, why not snuggle up with a loyal companion - a good book?

Find our Blind Date with a Book display on the second floor near the new books. Each wrapped book is a mystery - choose one based on the information we've given and take it home to unwrap and meet your date.

Inside, you'll find a bookmark asking you how you enjoyed your date! Fill it out and return it to the Valentine's boxes you'll find and Accounts and Checkout and Adult Services. Turn it in by noon on February 17 for a chance to win an amazing prize basket.

The grand prize includes:

2022: In Memoriam

As we reflect on 2022, we would like to take time to remember the authors and public figures who left us this year. Our list below just scratches the surface. View more notable deaths on comprehensive lists from The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly to look back at more iconic individuals who passed this year. 

2022 Staff Picks - Nonfiction

Our library has a great selection of nonfiction! We asked staffers to share some of their outstanding reads from this year with you. Check out our nonfiction favorites, and next time you're in the building, stop by to see these books on display on the second floor.

2022 Staff Picks - Fiction

Surrounded by great choices, it's no wonder many of the Library staff are big readers! We asked staffers to share some of their recent favorites with you. Check out the fiction list, and next time you're in the building, stop by to see these books on display on the second floor.

Take a Virtual Tour of the West Des Moines Public Library

The West Des Moines Public Library recently worked with Midwest Pano, LLC to create a virtual tour of our building. Take a virtual walk around our Library and explore everything there is to offer. Be sure to check out "hotspots" like the welcome message below located throughout the tour. Click to find key areas and learn more about the programs and services offered to the community. You can also use the menu on the side panel to direct your search to specific areas of the building.

We Can Find That Book!

When you want to find a book, you probably come to the library and look on our shelves. Or perhaps you use our online catalog to see whether we own a title. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t stop there! In addition to our great print collection here in the library, you can access MILLIONS of titles through our library partnerships.

WDM Library Public Computers Unavailable Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

UPDATE: ALL computers are up and running! 

The public computers at the West Des Moines Public Library will be unavailable Wednesday, November 30 – Friday, December 2 while we complete essential technology upgrades. The fax machine and copiers will still be functional during this time. Please watch this space for any updates regarding this project.

Are You Prepared for the Upcoming Election?

Our library staff is happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding the upcoming general election on November 8, 2022. The library will be an Early Voting site for POLK COUNTY voters only on Thursday, November 3 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM), Friday, November 4 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM), and Saturday, November 5 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM).

WDM Public Library Begins New Five-Year Strategic Plan

This year, the WDM Public Library embarked on a new strategic planning cycle to best position the library for community engagement and innovation from 2022 – 2027. With the help of local strategic planning firm, Bâton Global, we were able to develop a robust and thoughtful roadmap for the next five years that we are proud to share with our community.

Book Cover Reveal for Teen Services Assistant Sarah Allen!

Some of you might not know that our newest Teen Services Assistant, Sarah Allen, is also an author! We're super excited that the cover for her third book, The Nightmare House, has just been released. Learn more about Sarah and the book below. 


Tell us about your role here at the library and how long you’ve been here for!

Read and Ride DART Free September 11 - 17, 2022

The West Des Moines Public Library is partnering with DART to celebrate Library Card Sign up Week! Use your library card to ride FREE on DART’s Local and Express routes and On Call services September 11 - 17, 2022.

Just show your library card when you board any DART bus September 11 - 17. It's that simple! Then enjoy DART's free WiFi to listen to an eAudiobook or read an eBook.