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.

Borrowing Items

Books, Audiobooks, Music CDs 21 days, *1 renewal      
DVDs 7 days, *1 renewal      
Video Games 21 Days, no renewals      
*1 renewal as long as no other patron is waiting
Books 10 cents/day (**5 cents Juvenile)      
Audiobooks and CDs 10 cents/day      
DVDs $1.00 / day      
Video Games $1.00 / day      
**5 cents/day if checked out on juvenile card, otherwise 10 cents/day
30 Adult 10 Juvenile      
7 maximum overdues for both adult and juvenile items. If you owe a total of $10.00 in fines, or have 7 or more overdue items, the system will not let you request or check out any additional items.



 Adults may apply for a library card with a valid I.D. showing their current address (driver's license preferred).

 Children may apply for a card if the child is able to legibly write or print his or her own name on the card. The staff person on duty reserves the right to  determine whether the child's handwriting is legible enough to be issued a card.

 A card must be present for checkout of all library materials including museum passes. (We can place holds without the card and we can also renew without the  card.) A driver's license may be used for I.D. in place of a library card only once. The card must be replaced if it cannot be located a second time. The fee for card  replacement is one dollar.