Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.


Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

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


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.


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!