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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. 


iPad Lending

If you are 18 years of age or older and have been a cardholder in good standing at the West Des Moines Public Library for at least 30 days, you can come in and check out an Apple iPad.  Read the guidelines below, and make sure you have your Library Card and photo ID with you when you come in.

iPads check out for 7 days.

Here are the guidelines for the program:


  1. West Des Moines Public Library cardholders in good standing may borrow an iPad. “Cardholder” is defined as a resident having a library card for a minimum of 30 days. “Good standing” is defined as a library card account and any custodial children/guardians’ accounts having fines and fees of less than $5.00.
  2. The cardholder must be 18 years of age or older to check out an iPad.
  3. The cardholder must present his/her actual library card in order to check out an iPad.
  4. In addition, a photo ID will be required. The ID can be a Driver’s License, state ID, Military ID, Student ID and/or Passport photo which contain the cardholder’s name and an identifiable photo. If the address on the photo ID and the address on record with the library do not match, patrons must provide a piece of recent mail with the correct address on it for verification purposes.
  5. The cardholder must have a current, working email address on file in their library record in order to check out an iPad.
  6. Only one iPad per household may be checked out at any given time.
  7. External use iPad loan periods are for up to 7 (seven) calendar days and are not renewable. Overdue fees will be charged for iPads not returned by their due date in the amount of $10.00 per day. Maximum fine is $100.00. This maximum fine does not include any and all equipment replacement costs, which are billed separately.
  8. iPads must be returned to library staff no later than 1 (one) hour before the library closes. The cardholder must remain present until all equipment has been checked to ensure that all pieces are accounted for, checked in and cleared from the cardholder’s card, and the Borrower Agreement is signed and dated signifying a proper return.
  9. iPads may not be placed in any book return at any time for any reason. A fee of $25.00, in addition to any other accumulated fees or fines, will be charged for this type of return.
  10. If an iPad is not returned, the library will seek to recover it.
    1. Within 3 (three) days past its due date, the library will send an overdue notice via electronic mail to the email address listed in the borrower’s account.
    2. Send a second notice—again via email—7 (seven) days past the due date if the iPad remains unreturned.
    3. If an iPad is not returned within 10 (ten) days past the due date, the borrower’s account will be charged the replacement fee of the device and a FINAL NOTICE will be emailed. Borrowers are responsible for monitoring their email accounts and the Library cannot guarantee the receipt of emails by borrowers.
    4. If an iPad is not returned within 3 days of the date of the FINAL NOTICE, the library will begin efforts to recover the iPad. After 30 (thirty) days, an unrecovered iPad will be referred to the West Des Moines Police Department as a theft under Iowa Code 714.5 and West Des Moines City Code 5-2-3.
  11. The iPad Borrowing Agreement must be completed with each checkout, acknowledging financial responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged equipment.
  12. Patrons will be held responsible for all applicable replacement costs and processing fees, up to $1,020.00 for the iPad and/or accessories if lost, stolen or damaged while checked out. The library will not accept replacement iPads or accessories purchased by the customer. The minimum replacement cost of an iPad is $500.00.

For more information, call the Reference Desk at 515-222-3403.

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The iPads were paid for by grants from the Prairie Meadows Foundation and the Friends of the West Des Moines Public Library.

Original post:  10/8/2013, updated 12/02/2019