Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH MAY 4, 2020 - Please check back for updates


The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:


  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through May 4, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed.  Library items will not be due until June 4. There will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.


Oliver Ames (1831 - 1895) was a hometown benefactor who was, in a sense, the Carnegie before Carnegie. His bequest of $50,000 to establish and maintain a library in a town of farmers and shovel makers was groundbreaking. In the 132 years since its inception, the village library evolved so that by 2011 when Money magazine selected the top towns to live in the US, the Ames Free Library was specifically singled out as a factor in their selection of Easton.

The Ames Free Library campus has expanded over the years, to include not only the original H.H. Richardson-designed Library building, but also the adjacent, English Gothic-style cottage Queset House. This 1853 mansion has been reimagined as the Learning Commons @ Queset House, an entire building devoted to facilitating community connections and promoting learning for patrons of all ages. Queset's beautiful Italianate garden is the setting for countless community events.

The Library Board of Directors and staff are proud to be custodians of these beautiful Library campus properties and to offer a rich range of cultural learning opportunities to visitors. Below, you can see a timeline of our continual efforts to preserve and improve what is arguably Easton's most valuable historical and cultural asset.