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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 



Now for the Big Stuff!  Renovation Changes Coming

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In order to begin Phase 4 of our ongoing renovations, the West Des Moines Public Library will be closed from Tuesday, October 27 through Wednesday, November 11, reopening on November 12.

During the closure, library staff and contractors will:

  • Move the children’s collection and other library materials currently housed on the first floor to temporary shelving on the second floor
  • Lay new carpet on the first floor
  • Erect temporary walls to contain dust and noise on the first floor
  • Re-carpet public elevator
  • Move some library furniture out of the building into storage.
  • We are offering curbside service (see below), though access to DVD’s and some Children’s materials will be tricky, so may take a little extra time to pull.

Once the Library reopens:

  • 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.
  • Because of low storage space, the Book Club Kits collection will be unavailable until January 1st.

“I’m sure the public is tired of our having to close for these renovation changeovers,” says Library Director Darryl Eschete. “The timing has been unfortunate with COVID, but there would be no way to get this work done safely with the public coming and going.”

Curbside pickup service will be available during the library’s closure. Curbside hours will be 9am-7pm Monday through Thursday and 10am-2pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons will place materials on hold using the library’s online catalog, available through the website ( and staff will contact them when their materials are ready for pickup in front of the building at 4000 Mills Civic Parkway.


August 2020 Renovation Phase 3 Begins

March 2020 Furniture Install 2nd floor

Dec 2019 Phase Two Prep Begins

Oct 2019 Phase One Prep Closing

Sept 2019 Pre-Reno Book Sale Flyer

July 2019 Renovation Blog post