Closed for Renovations Starting March 1st

The WDM Library is Temporarily Closed starting March 1, 2021. This is the final, big closure to finish our Renovations.  It will last between six and eight weeks, as we have a LOT to do!  For more information, see our Building Renovations page.  

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Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome, friends!  After months of work, our new West Des Moines Public Library Website is up and running!  

We have reorganized and refreshed our graphics, our information, and our look.  The whole site has been made more mobile-friendly, with easy links to our many wonderful services - some of which may be new to you.   

We hope you like our bright, fresh new look and feel.  We invite you to explore and enjoy!   


A guest post by our student author Claire: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo is a powerful book that uses Oluo’s personal experiences as a woman of color to cover topics of race- including police brutality, white privilege, and cultural appropriation, among others in a blunt, straightforward tone.

A 9th Grade Project on THE ODYSSEY

Today we are delighted to share with you work from Elvira Hadzic’s ninth-grade English class. Students in this class created literary playlists that capture the essence of the themes and phases of characters from The Odyssey in modern song. Since we are unable to invite you into our building to view these projects in person, we are sharing them here instead. Enjoy!


This renovation project probably feels like it has taken a long time–remember October 2019 when the library closed for the first renovation stage and your librarians packed up over 30,000 books for storage? We moved all the stacks around and dove into Phase 1 of our project. That transition took two long weeks and it felt like ages before we were able to welcome you back inside (little did we know what was in store for all of us this year…ha). During Phases 1 and 2 the second floor of the library received its refresh.

Indigenous People's Day

Today is Indigenous People’s Day and for the occasion, I’ve compiled a couple of resources for you. The library strives to be a welcoming place for all people and to provide resources and books that genuinely reflect the stories of the authors and of our community. We are hosting READ WOKE, and these resources can serve as a compliment to that program.

This MAP is a resource to show you what Native Land you are on.