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Resources | Places to warm up in Des Moines during bitter cold

The Des Moines Public Library offers all of its locations as warming centers.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Bitter cold temps are heading back into central Iowa for the start of 2022, meaning some Iowans will be in need of a place to warm up over the next few days.

There are several resources in Polk County such as public libraries or community centers.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS) is operating under a winter amnesty status as well as Hope Ministries.

The Des Moines Public Library is offering its buildings for people to seek shelter:

  • Central Library (1000 Grand Ave.) – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday
  • East Side Library (2559 Hubbell Ave.) – 1 to 7 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday
  • Forest Ave. Library (1326 Forest Ave.) – 1 to 7 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
  • Franklin Ave. Library (5000 Franklin Ave.) – 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • North Side Library (3516 Fifth Ave.) – 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • South Side Library (1111 Porter Ave.) – 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday

The Polk County Health Department also said homeless shelters have adequate capacity.

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