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Posted on: March 8, 2019

Library Services Information. Survey due by March 24th

Prior to November 2015, the City was a party in a multi-jurisdiction agreement for library services with most Des Moines Metro communities.  In 2015, the City was the only municipality involved in the agreement without its own library; therefore, in an effort to reduce the annual library services agreement from over $200,000 to $90,000, yet still provide access to all area libraries, the City chose to negotiate with only one provider. After a review of our residents’ circulation data, the City entered into a three-year agreement with the City of Urbandale. 

Now is the time to renew this agreement and the City Council is considering renewing the three-year agreement with the City of Urbandale or entering into a new agreement with the City of Des Moines.  After reviewing the following information, City Council would invite you to please take a brief survey to assist them with this very important decision.

The City will levy the maximum allowed by the state of $.2700 per $1,000 assessed property valuation to provide funding for library services for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which is $60,452. Both cities have approximately the same number of Windsor Heights cardholders and circulation at their libraries and would contract with the City for the same amount of $60,000 for FY 2020.  

Regardless of whom the City decides to contract with, residents will still be able to patronize any area library thanks to the State Library of Iowa’s Open Access program. The contract applies to databases, access to meeting rooms, programs, events and most importantly, access to digital resources. A comparison of the libraries is seen below.

Of note: Should the City decide to contract with the City of Des Moines, the aforementioned resources would be available at all of their locations, not just the library on Franklin Avenue.

Download PDF of Information (For Mobile Users): Library Services Information

Hours for each library: 

Urbandale Hours and Information

http://www.urbandalelibrary.org/
Mon.-Thurs. 9AM-9PM
Fri.-Sat. 9AM-6PM
Sunday 1PM-5PM

Des Moines Hours and Information

https://dmpl.org/locations-hours

Central                                            East Side        
1000 Grand Avenue, 50309         2559 Hubbell Avenue, 50317
Mon-Wed: 9 AM – 8 PM              Mon-Tue: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thu- Fri: 9 AM – 6 PM                 Wed: Closed
Sat: Closed                                  Thu – Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun: 1 PM - 5 PM [Sep - May]     Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: Closed [Jun - Aug]               Sun: Closed

Forest                                             Franklin
1326 Forest Avenue, 50314          5000 Franklin Avenue, 50310
Mon: 10 AM – 8 PM                      Mon-Tue: 10 AM – 8 PM
Tue-Wed: 10 AM – 6 PM               Wed: 10 AM – 6 PM
Thu: 10 AM – 8 PM                       Thu: Closed
Fri: Closed                                     Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM                        Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: Closed                                  Sun: Closed

North Side                                     South Side
3516 Fifth Avenue, 50313            1111 Porter Avenue, 50315
Mon: Closed                                 Mon: 10 AM – 8 PM
Tue – Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM           Tue: Closed Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thu – Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM              Thu – Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM                       Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: Closed                                  Sun: Closed

Des Moines Library Hours starting July 1, 2019:

Central                                            East Side        
1000 Grand Avenue, 50309         2559 Hubbell Avenue, 50317
Mon-Wed: 9 AM – 8 PM              Mon-Tue: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thu: 9 AM- 8 PM
Fri: 9 AM – 6 PM                          Wed- Thurs: 10 AM- 8 PM
Sat: 10 AM- 5 PM                        Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sun: 1 PM - 5 PM                        Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
                                                      Sun: Closed

Forest                                             Franklin
1326 Forest Avenue, 50314          5000 Franklin Avenue, 50310
Mon: 10 AM – 8 PM                      Mon-Tue: 10 AM – 8 PM
Tue-Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM               Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thu: 10 AM – 8 PM                       Thu: 10 AM- 8 PM
Fri: 10 AM- 6 PM                           Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM                        Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: Closed                                  Sun: 1 PM- 5 PM

North Side                                     South Side
3516 Fifth Avenue, 50313            1111 Porter Avenue, 50315
Mon: 10 AM – 8 PM                      Mon-Tue: 10 AM – 8 PM
Tue-Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM               Wed: 10 AM – 8 PM
Thu: 10 AM – 8 PM                       Thu: 10 AM- 8 PM
Fri: 10 AM- 6 PM                           Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM                        Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: Closed                                  Sun: Closed

Digital services information:

  Digital Types                         Urbandale Column                                     Des Moines Column

OverDrive, Libby, and Bridges*


eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and Video

https://bridges.overdrive.com/bridges-urbandale/content

34,000 eBooks

11,000 eAudiobooks

378 magazine titles

194 streaming video titles in Libby (Overdrive/Bridges)

https://dmpl.overdrive.com/17,000 eBooks

7,000 eAudiobooks in Libby.

RBDigital**


eBooks, Audiobooks, Magazines and Video

http://urbandaleia.rbdigital.com/

780 eBooks

858 eAudiobooks

121 eMagazines in RBDigital

https://desmoinesia.rbdigital.com/

7,000 eAudiobooks

200 eMagazines in RBDigital.

Movie/Video Streaming

https://www.hoopladigital.com/

Hoopla (Midwest Tape) includes:

284,000 eBook titles

242,000 downloadable music albums

50,000 eAudiobook titles

13,000 eComic books

12,500 streaming movies**

1,900 streaming television**


**Included in hoopla streaming video: 211 titles from the Great Courses, 170 independent films, 168 seasons of television from Acorn, and 250+ movies in foreign languages, including Spanish, all available for simultaneous use with no waiting.

eStreaming Video:

1,500+ concerts in Qello

Acorn

Pongalo

7.000 videos in IndieFlix

Hundreds of Great Courses

DVD’s

No Charge

$1.00 rental

* OverDrive, Libby, and Bridges are all names that refer to the same service, which is provided by one vendor.

** RBDigital is a separate product from a different vendor (Recorded Books) that is very similar.

Survey: 

Please take the survey by March 24th. 

https://surveyhero.com/c/eb1b588d



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