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.

Library Blog

Posted on Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
Some public athletic facilities are open for limited play – how about mixing up your routine a little with some basketball? It’s OK if you think you’re the worst b-ball players ever (sorry, but my...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
You can’t come in to check out what’s new, so we’ll bring the browsing to you! All of these items are newly arrived in the Teen Den and are available for placing holds. Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L....
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
When it comes to encouraging literacy skills, outdoor play is just as important for babies and little ones as indoor book- and toy-based play. When we think “early literacy,” we think of books, and...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Watch Rosalita’s Puppets presentation of a Sea Story on Zoom tonight, Monday, August 3, at 6:00 PM! In this puppet show, Miranda the mermaid saves a pirate! Rosalita’s Puppet show features beautiful...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 07/31/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Camping can feel like such an adventure for a kid – and such a chore for parents! How about a compromise? Set yourself up for some backyard camping this weekend. You can create the same experience...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 07/29/2020 - 10:28am by jblock
The Teen Video Challenge, sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), is an annual national video contest open to all teens. The challenge is for teens to create a public service...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Tue, 07/28/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
Regardless of whether today’s kids will learn to print, write cursive, or type on a keyboard or screen – they’ll need to have strong fine motor skills. There are so many fun ways to build your child’...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Mon, 07/27/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
It’s hard to imagine, but we are now halfway through our summer reading program – Imagine Your Story! (If you haven’t joined the Read & Bead program or want to know more about it, check here!) We...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Sat, 07/25/2020 - 10:00am by kkazlauskas
Currently Baking: Banana Bread from Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe  by Joanne Chang with Christie Matheson; photographs by Keller + Keller Reader/Baker: Lily Goldstein,...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Fri, 07/24/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
All summer we’ve been retelling Folk and Fairy Tales in our storytimes.* We also have a whole collection of Folk Tales in our picture book area, with retellings of folk and fairy tales from around...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids