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 OPEN for Quick Visits

An overabundance of caution continues to be the order of the day as the Library continues to expand services. In accordance with the State of Massachusetts reopening plan for libraries and in keeping with Town directives, the following guidelines will be followed for this phase:

  • Any person feeling unwell should not enter the building. 

  • No more than ten visitors will be allowed in the building at any given time.

  • Masks are required for all persons over the age of 2 years who are entering the building. 

  • Visitors must conduct their business as quickly as possible, with a maximum of 45 minutes inside the building.

  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 6 feet between staff and other visitors.

  • Visitors must take all precautions to maintain rules of hygiene.

  • The option to pick up holds from the window will remain for those who choose not to enter the building; advance reservation required. To reserve a window pickup appointment, please visit our reservation site to see available time slots. (You may also email, call us at 508-238-2000, or use the chat box on the left side of our home page.)



  • Pick up your holds from the holds shelf/use self-checkout machine.

  • Pick up your holds with the help of your friendly library staff.

  • Request reading advisories from staff.

  • Receive reference assistance for both adults and children on the middle floor.

  • Browse the collection. The Barrel Vault Room, Children's Room, and Fiction Area are limited to two people or one family at any one time.

  • Computer appointments for 45 minutes once a day. To reserve appointments for our computers, please visit our reservation site to see available time slots. (You may also call us at 508-238-2000, or use the chat box on the left side of our home page.)

  • Use the printer.

  • Use the copier.

  • Use the scanner.

  • Use the fax machine.


Please also note that our book drop (located across from the handicapped parking spaces) is open for all returns. Returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days prior to check-in. Any late fees will be waived for as long as items are being quarantined.



  • Quiet study/tutoring.

  • Use of Teen Den.

  • Use of Queset House.

  • Book donations. Please check our Donation Options page for other area organizations accepting book donations.


We strongly encourage making the most of the Library’s virtual programsdownloadable materials, and online databases as well as the online catalog for placing holds. If you would like a reference librarian to pick three books for you, you may also fill out our Readers’ Advisory Form. You can also find inspiration at our AFL Readers’ Corner.

Need internet? Please feel free to use the Library or Queset House's wireless networks: "Ames-Guest." Both are accessible from the parking lots of their respective buildings, and do not require a password. If you would like to use a laptop, you may also request one of our circulating Chromebooks.

If you do enter the building, please be aware that Library staff is working hard to keep all surfaces and materials sanitized regularly so that you are kept as safe as possible in this unsafe world!