The Des Moines Public Library (DMPL) is the public library system for the city of Des Moines, Iowa. It is the largest public library system in the state of Iowa, with a collection of 571,476 items housed at six locations.The library provides research and reference services, as well as Internet computers and wireless Internet access, meeting and study rooms, copy machines and printers, and faxing (at some locations).The Des Moines Public Library offers books, audio books, eBooks, CDs, magazines, newspapers, information databases, videos and DVDs, reading recommendations, a local history collection and more for free or a small fee.
The library also has Special Collections at the Central Library that include the United States
Government Document Depository and a government documents blog, which highlights federal items and information of interest to the general public; an Iowa Collection that includes books and other items concerning the history and culture of Iowa and a blog that focuses on local history and links to many Iowa history related resources;the Foundation Center; and The Shoah Visual History Collection.
The library recently completed a ten-year system-wide facilities improvement plan that included a new Central Library (completed in 2006) and the renovation of the five branch libraries. The Capital Campaign ten-year project represented a public/private partnership to raise funds for enhancing the entire library system and providing community resources for library patrons.