Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

LIBRARY CLOSED TO PUBLIC & STAFF THROUGH MAY 4, 2020 - Please check back for updates


The Town of Easton and Easton Select Board have declared a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, March 23, the Governor of Massachusetts issued an order for non-essential businesses to close their physical buildings to workers and the public, while encouraging those businesses to operate remotely. Given that proactive flattening of the contagion will serve Easton in the long run:


  • The Ames Free Library and Queset House will be closed to the public and to staff through May 4, 2020.
  • All public programming and private group meetings at the Library and Queset House are suspended until further notice.
  • "Holds pickup" window is now closed, based on the direct recommendation of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).
  • Please do not return any materials while the Library remains closed.  Library items will not be due until June 4. There will be no late fines accruing during the period the Library remains closed.
  • As always, a range of online resources are available here on the website, 24/7, including our online reference services and brand-new, online Storytimes!  You may also register for a library card online. Library staff are continuing to work hard on increasing innovative online programs, so keep checking back for updates.

Library Code of Behavior & Guidelines

The Ames Free Library provides an inviting environment to read, study, use computers, and find a wide variety of materials selected for all age groups. To help facilitate the Library’s mission of serving as a learning and educational center for all residents of the community and to ensure that all visitors feel welcome and comfortable, we ask that all Library users adhere to the following guidelines while on the Ames Free Library campus.


Appropriate activities in the Library include:

  • Leisure reading.

  • Research.

  • Homework.

  • Computer use.

  • Quiet conversation with friends.


Visitors to the Library should be courteous to the staff and to other patrons. The Library should only be used for its intended purposes; therefore the following behaviors are not acceptable:

  • Physical contact including hitting, rough-housing, and physical display of affection.

  • Disruptive noise, including loud conversations in person or over a phone, and playing music on a personal device or Library equipment.

  • Soliciting or distributing materials.

  • Photos of the Library grounds and buildings can be taken with prior permission. When taking pictures please be respectful of the privacy and personal space of other library users and visitors.

  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are not allowed in any part of the premises at any time.

  • Improper use of library furniture, computers, books, and other materials.

  • Destructive, threatening, and/or inappropriate behavior.

  • Harassment, disorderly conduct, vandalism, and theft are illegal and instances of such behavior will be reported to the Easton Police Department.


Anyone exhibiting any of the above behaviors will be asked to leave the Library immediately. Repeat incidents may result in the loss of library privileges.

July 2018