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!

Your Neighbors Recommend...Nonfiction Edition! March 2021

Ever been curious what your neighbors are reading or watching? Here are just some of their suggestions! As we receive more recommendations, we'll post them here on the AFL Blog.

If you would like to suggest something you've loved to your neighbors, fill out our Your Neighbors Recommend form!

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

by Caitlin Doughty

"Yes, the location is morbid and bizarre. But what a voice! Sassy and honest and thoughtful and thought-provoking."

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

"Fascinating! History and science of how we evolved from 70,000 years ago to the homo sapiens of today. Spoiler alert: We're all still Neanderthals!"


by Sam Quinones

"A heartbreaking, terrifying history, of the opiate epidemic in the U.S."

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