About Des Moines Library

Opened: October 15, 1988

Overview

  • Designed by John P. Kniskern, AIA (1965); McAdoo, Malcolm and Youel (1988); Hutteball & Oremus Architecture, Inc. (2008 remodel)
  • 10,230 square feet

History

  • 1922: Des Moines Library is established by a Parent-Teacher Association
  • 1944: KCLS begins bookmobile service to Des Moines
  • 1960: Formation of the Des Moines Library League
  • 1961: Des Moines contracts for KCLS library service
  • 1964: Bond passage funds construction of a 4,584-square-foot library
  • 1965: Opening of a new library at 22815 24th Avenue South
  • 1988: Opening of the expanded 10,230-square-foot library
  • 1994: KCLS annexation
  • 2008: Opening of the remodeled Des Moines Library

Friends of the Des Moines Library

  • Dues: Individual, $3; Family, $5; Business, $10; Lifetime, $100
  • Book Sales: Ongoing sale in library lobby
  • Meetings: Second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December, 5 pm