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!

Ames Free Library Fall Festivities Photo Contest

Halloween may look a little different this year, but there are still plenty of ways to spread some holiday spirit!

Ames Free Library is happy to present Fall Festivities Photo Contest! From OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 2, our community is encouraged to submit photos of their 2020 Halloween costumes, home decor, or pumpkins. Photos will be posted to the AFL website and may also be shared on various social media platforms. Get creative and share your festive or frightening Halloween looks today.

Want more incentive to join in on the fun? From NOVEMBER 3 - NOVEMBER 9, the community will be voting for their favorite costumes, home decor, and pumpkins. Winners in each category will receive a gift card to a great local business.

Please provide your first and last name. If submitting for someone under the age of 12, please provide the child's first and last name. Last names will not be visible to the public.
This information will not be visible to the public. It will be used by library staff for raffle purposes only.