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.

We're Here for You!

Can't get to the Library? No problem! You can access everything you need from home:

  • Renew items online through the SAILS catalog.

  • eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, music, movies, and TV shows are all available digitally, via the Library's Downloads page. 

  • For young readers, the Library also offers Tumblebooks, where you can find additional books, videos, and games.

  • Students and scholars can access information on many topics through the Library’s online databases, and can also get assistance from a reference librarian online by submitting a simple form.

Questions? Please feel free to email us