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West Des Moines Public Library Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2 for Renovation Preparations

The West Des Moines Public Library will be closed to the public from Dec. 23-Jan. 2 to prepare for Phase 2 of its first major renovation of the building since the completion of West Des Moines City Hall in 2003. It will reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.

Library construction has been underway since late October, and Phase 1, which has concentrated on the south side of the second floor, will end in late December. Phase 2 will concentrate on the north side of the second floor, including library administration offices. In addition, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is expected to move from the library back to their original location on the first floor of City Hall in mid-December.

During the preparations, West Des Moines Library staff will:

  • Move and/or store furniture that would be in the way during Phase 2;
  • Relocate and reconnect public computers, printers, and copiers;
  • Move service desks on second floor to make staff available to patrons in newly-renovated Phase 1 areas; and
  • Re-establish administration offices on the first floor in the space most recently used by the West Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department as temporary offices during the renovation of City Hall.

“Shortly after we re-open, our second-floor study rooms will be available again,” said Library Director Darryl Eschete. “This works out perfectly; it’s just in time for mid-terms.”

Book drops will be emptied as usual during the closure, so patrons can bring items back to the library, provided what they return can be left in the book drop. Otherwise, staff asks that patrons hold onto their checked-out items until the library reopens. Due dates will be extended to allow for the extra closed days.

The library project is projected to be completed in the spring of 2021, with contractors pausing during the summer of 2020 to allow for summer reading activities.

Want to know more about the renovation? Contact Library Director Darryl Eschete at 515-222-3409 or Darryl.Eschete@wdm.iowa.gov with questions or concerns and follow the library on Facebook and Twitter for photo updates!