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 of Things

Everyone knows that the library is the place to borrow books, music, and movies, but we bet you didn't know how much more there is to your library. Below find a list of our library of things! What is a library of things? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of physical items available for you to borrow just like a book! We know, it sounds awesome, and it is! 

So feel free to browse the list below of all the amazing things you can bring home from the Ames Free Library.


Electronic Devices Available to Borrow:   
ZTE Falcon 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot (4) ROKU 3 (4) Acer Chromebook C720 (2)

Kindle Fire HD 7" and Kindle Fire HD 8"

Kindle KeyboardKids' KindleTeen Kindle (2)

Nintendo Switch

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 (Books are pre-loaded - ask us about purchasing other titles!)  (Books are pre-loaded - ask us about purchasing other titles!)  (games available in the Children's Room!)
 SONY HDR-CX330 HandyCam Dell Micro-Portable 2200MP Projector  Kill-A-Watt EZ (Electricity Usage Monitor)
Akai Bluetooth Karaoke Machine Canbor Virtual Reality Headset  Portable CD Player
Available to Use in the Library:   
Charging Cables & Plugs for Apple & Android (In-house use only)    


Electronic Devices Available to Use at the Queset House: 
X-Box 360 (In-house use only at Queset House)  Playstation 3 (In-house use only at Queset House)  Wii U (In-house use only at Queset House & Teen Den)
Rocksmith Guitar Bundle (In-house use only at Queset House) littleBits Workshop Set (In-house use only at Queset House)
 Acer Chromebook 710 (4) (In-house use only at Queset House)
 Amazon Laminator (In-house use only at Queset House)    

* We also offer hundreds of electronic games for all ages, for various video game systems including the Xbox 360 Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and the Nintendo DS.

Knitting & Sewing Tools Available to Borrow:  
Knitting Needles US 6, 8, & 10 Lace Blocking Wires 34.5"/88.00mm Escali Primo Digital Scale

Knitting & Sewing Tools Available to Use at the Queset House:  
Wooden Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder

Janome Sewing Machine

Wool Winder

Tutorial appointment required prior to use


Miscellaneous Items:    
Large Ceremonial Scissors Orion Starblast 4.5" Telescope Bocce Balls

Ellison Prestige Pro Die-Cutting Machine

(in-house use only at Queset House)


* We also offer dozens of board games for all ages (In-house use only at Queset House).