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.

National Runaway Safeline (NRS)


Helps young people who have run away from home to stay safe, and also provides resources for parents. Call NRS Crisis Intervention hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or access chat, email, or forums through their website.  Staff are available 24/7, 365 days a year to provide nonjudgmental, non-sectarian and non-directive support and to empower youth and families to develop a plan of action to improve their situation. NRS services include information and referrals to counseling, shelter, drug and alcohol-related treatment, and child protective services. Conference calls can be arranged between children and their families, or an agency that can help. A message service provides a means of communication for young people who are not ready to directly contact their families. NRS is also able to arrange free bus rides home or to an alternate living arrangement.