The Urbandale Public Library has been part of the City of Urbandale since 1961. As our city has grown, so has the demand for our services – so much so, that over the years, the Library has called four different locations around the city home. Since 2000, you can find us nestled within the beautiful City of Urbandale campus bordered by Walker Johnston Park.

Our Mission

The Urbandale Public Library is committed to providing diverse resources for life-long learning and enjoyment.

Library Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm
  • Friday – Saturday:  9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2024 Holiday Closures

New Year’s DayCLOSEDMonday, January 1, 2024
EasterCLOSEDSunday, March 31
Day before Memorial DayCLOSEDSunday, May 26
Memorial DayCLOSEDMonday, May 27
Independence DayCLOSEDThursday, July 4
Day before Labor DayCLOSEDSunday, September 1
Labor DayCLOSEDMonday, September 2
Staff In-ServiceCLOSEDThursday, October 10
Veterans DayCLOSEDMonday, November 11
Day before ThanksgivingLIMITED HOURS, OPEN 9AM-6PMWednesday, November 27
ThanksgivingCLOSEDThursday, November 28
Day after ThanksgivingCLOSEDFriday, November 29
Christmas EveCLOSEDTuesday, December 24
Christmas DayCLOSEDWednesday, December 25
New Year’s EveLIMITED HOURS, OPEN 9AM-1PMTuesday, December 31
New Year’s DayCLOSEDWednesday, January 1, 2025

Our Leadership and Service Area

The Urbandale Public Library is owned by the City of Urbandale and governed by a seven member Board of Trustees. We serve not only the residents of Urbandale, but the surrounding Des Moines metro area as well as contracting cities within the state of Iowa.

A Community Destination

Our current 56,000 square-foot building houses a variety of print and non-print materials for research and entertainment. Besides our vast collection, the Library is also a key resource for groups, small businesses, and individuals who need access to computers, photocopiers, meeting rooms, and study areas. Our extensive programming informs, educates, and entertains audiences of all ages and interests. In 2023, we drew in over 180,000 visitors (an average of about 500 people a day!) and offered over 600 programs for children, teens, and adults with more than 16,000 attendees.