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!

Library Blog

Posted on Tue, 01/19/2021 - 4:49pm by mtully
Wondering what books AFL staff read and loved in 2020? Click the link below to see some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on any book cover and get directed to the AFL catalog to...
Category: Staff Picks
Posted on Tue, 12/08/2020 - 12:31pm by idunbar
Pajama storytime is fun for the whole family! We'll share books, rhymes, & songs to help wind down your evening. This storytime is designed to engage children of various ages. Pajamas are...
Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:04am by kkazlauskas
Listen to Miss Jess share Hanukkah and Christmas books during these holiday storytimes! These prerecorded storytimes can be viewed at your convenience, December 1 - 31, 2020! To see ALL of our...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Story Times Online
Posted on Fri, 11/20/2020 - 12:29pm by kkazlauskas
Welcome to Miss Jess Suggests! In each episode of this series, Head of Youth Services Jessica Block recommends great books for you to try (plus some bonus titles!). Different episodes will focus on...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Fri, 11/20/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Take your remote schooling to a whole new level! AFL has a new database to support your academics.  Brainfuse HelpNow offers on-demand, personalized tutoring for K-12 students and adult learners. Log...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids, Category: Teen
Posted on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 10:45am by jblock
November is flying by, but there’s still fun to be had from Youth Services! Zoom storytimes with Miss Jess continue weekly through November. No advance registration is required. All storytimes start...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Thu, 11/05/2020 - 10:00am by jblock
Kiersten White is a writer of young-adult fiction covering a variety of genres (fantasy, historical fiction, paranormal); and she also wrote a middle-grade novel of funny fairy tales. She lives with...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Fri, 10/30/2020 - 10:30am by jblock
This month’s featured author is homegrown! Local author Anna Staniszewski’s books span from tween novels to picture books, with a new chapter book series in between! Visit Ms. Staniszewski’s website...
Category: Youth Services, Category: Kids
Posted on Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:00am by jblock
Practice self-love and take care of yourself with some YOGA! Check out the links below to get started!
Category: Youth Services, Category: Teen
Posted on Mon, 10/26/2020 - 12:14pm by kkazlauskas
Queset House's roof has been restored! Check out the restoration's progress, courtesy of Paul E. Dutelle Co., Inc.!
Category: AFL Videos