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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. 



WDM Library Today

(Updated 11/11/2020)

Please Note:  At a special meeting of the West Des Moines Public Library Board of Trustees on Tuesday, November 10th, members of the Board and library administration made the decision to maintain a curbside-only model of service through at least November 30th.   Curbside, phone reference, online storytimes and more are available!  

We’re delighted to serve WDM Library patrons again.  However, there have been some changes to protect public health.  They are detailed below.  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

What to Expect at the Library

  • Different hours (see below), including a short closure for mid-day cleaning and an hour of priority for vulnerable patrons.
  • We are asking patrons to wear a mask, to protect yourself and others, including our staff (who will also be masked).
    • Children under 2 years old are exempt, but need to stay with their parents.
    • Please bring a mask with you to the Library, if you have one.
    • We will have a limited number of paper masks to hand out for those who forget.
    • If you cannot wear a mask, please contact the Library for other options, including curbside holds pickup, wireless printing and other options.
  • Please follow social distancing rules.  We will have signage in the building to remind you and to mark distances.  Please use good judgement.
  • We ask that you limit your time in the building, as we have to limit the number of people in the building at one time to maintain social distance.
  • Meeting and study rooms will not be available until further notice.

NEW Hours at the Library

Please note that we will be Closing the Building for 2 hours on weekdays, to allow for deep cleaning mid-day.


9am-10am: Vulnerable population priority hour

10am-2pm: Walk in service

2pm-4pm: CLOSED FOR CLEANING – Phones will be answered, and curbside pickup (call when you get here) is available during this time.  

4pm-7pm: Walk-in service

Friday & Saturday

10am-2pm: Walk in service


Continuing Renovations

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 during Phase 4, we will be unable to accept new Book Club Kit requests until January 1st

Books and Materials

  • Please return ALL materials in the book return outside the Front of the building on the street side.  This allows us to safely handle material returns.
  • Please allow 72 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 72-hour period unless you manually renew them online. If you returned an item, please be patient with this new process.
  • Materials due prior to our closure in March might have late fees, but late fees did not accrue while we were closed from Mar 17-June 14.
  • 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.
  • Late fees will begin to accrue on August 1st. If you are unable to return your materials by this date, please contact the library to discuss other options, such as homebound delivery/pickup.
  • Curbside hold pick up will continue after the building reopens, if you find you need to use that option. Please contact the library for more information.
  • As of October 1st, we are taking donations again – please limit to no more than two paper bags full.  If you need a receipt, please ask staff.  Items will be quarantined before going into our book sale.

Youth Services

  • Children under 8 years old must be accompanied throughout the building by someone over 15 years old.  This is an existing library policy, but we will be asking that families stick together in the building during this time, as children find it hard to social distance.
  • All toys and puppets have been stored temporarily to reduce high-touch zones in the Children’s Room.  Some puzzles are available for checkout.
  • Ongoing reading opportunities and challenges are available at our Library Beanstack Reading site!

Computer Services

  • 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 time is up.
  • Staff will work to keep computer stations clean, but if you have concerns, sanitizer will be available.  Masks should be kept on while using a computer.
  • Staff will only be able to provide limited computer help in order to ensure social distancing.
  • 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.

We’re glad to see you again!