Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Current hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person.
  • Total occupancy in the building is limited to 10 visitors at any given time, so short waits outside may be necessary.
  • Please go here for more information on what services are currently available.
  • Email us at, or call 508-238-2000.
  • Check out our list of online programs here!

AFL Readers' Corner

Need some ideas of what to read next? We've got a whole bunch for you to try!

Once you've found your top picks, you may search for and place your holds by:

  • Using your mobile device (smart phone or tablet) to download the SAILS app
  • Using your browser on your computer to visit the SAILS catalog
  • Directly accessing our three downloadable services on our Downloads page


NEW! Virtual Reading Rooms

Where virtual exploration = reading inspiration!



AFL Blog

Our blog posts have some handy recommendations from Ames Free Library staff and patrons.


Ames Free Library Book Clubs

Don't feel like picking a book yourself? Enjoy some good discussion with your neighbors! You don't even need to order a book to participate, since we set aside a select number for our members.


Award Winners

Looking for some quality book recommendations? Browse these award-winning books of all genres for adults, young adults, and children.



Try these free services to access our digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, TV shows and comics!



The top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.


New York Times Best Sellers

Authoritatively ranked lists of books sold in the United States, sorted by format and genre.


NoveList Plus

Gives you personalized book suggestions for every reader.


Readers' Advisory Form

For personalized reading recommendations from our librarians, fill out this form!

Reading to Understand - Black Lives Matter & Antiracism

With the goal of establishing a productive dialogue and promoting understanding, we encourage you to visit our newest resource! This collection of fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and children is a helpful introduction to antiracism and the catalystic movement, Black Lives Matter. Please check back regularly as we continue to add to this resource.


Teen Book Bundles

The Teen Den is closed for browsing...but you can still access some of the best books in our collection by requesting a Teen Book Bundle! Just fill out this form and we will customize a bundle of 2-5 books for you to pick up, based on your reading preferences.


Your Neighbors Recommend...

Sometimes the best books, movies, and TV shows are recommended by your neighbors and friends! If you've recently read or watched something you loved, recommend it here and we'll use your submissions to update our AFL Blog!