Library Facility

The Iowa Genealogical Society library is available to the public. There is a non-member daily usage fee of $10.00 or a yearly individual  membership is $35.00 and a family membership is $45.00. The extensive collection of books, microforms, and periodicals in addition to Iowa materials includes materials for many other states.

The traditional resources within the library include our 20,000 volumes and 15,000 microforms covering the United States as well as many other countries. These vital records, histories, federal and state census records, military records, and other information combined with our extensive family history collection provides you, the researcher, with abundant sources—many are one of a kind.

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628 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1924. Located in the East Village section of the downtown area. We are two blocks west of the State Capitol Building and directly across the street from the Iowa State Historical Building. The Library can be reached by taking Interstate 235 and exiting on NE 14th St. traveling south to Grand Ave. and turning west for 8 blocks. During freeway construction, please drive carefully.


Free parking is available in front of the library. A state parking garage is located adjacent to our building. There is metered parking on the street in front of the facility. 628 East Grand Avenue is fully handicapped accessible.


There is a lunchroom in the facility. Pop machine, refrigerator, and microwave are provided for all persons to use. Numerous restaurants are located within walking distance of our address. Food and drink are not allowed in the Library proper.


All patrons are asked to sign a register upon entering, and are free to come and go throughout the day. All briefcases, purses and tote bags are to be stored in lockers inside the front door. Cell phones may be used in the entrance hallway and lunch room out of respect for other researchers in the Library. Non-IGS members are required to pay an $10.00 per day usage fee, unless prior arrangements are made for a group visit.


The Library has available fifteen microfilm readers, a microfiche reader, and computers for use by patrons, as well as a copier and microform reader-printers. The price per copy on the copier, reader-printer, and from the computer printer is 25 cents. High-speed internet access is also available for genealogical research use only.


Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.