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.

Printing, Copying and Faxing

Need something printed, copied, or faxed? The Ames Free Library has a printer, photocopier, and fax machine for public use. All printing and copying transactions are subject to the Library's Computer & Internet Use Policy.


To print, you may log in to our public computers (with your library card or a guest pass), and send your document or image directly to our printer.

OR you can send your print job wirelessly via your mobile device! Just email your document or image to and follow the instructions that you will receive through email. To retrieve your print job, you may enter your email and assigned password at the printer in the Fireplace Room. Detailed instructions are posted at the Library.

  • Pricing is .15/page Black & White, .25/page Color. Double-sided copies = 2 pages. Please pay for your prints at the Reference Desk.


To make copies, visit our photocopier in the Barrel Vault Room (up three steps from the Reference area). There are instructions posted which you may follow, or ask a librarian for help! Our photocopier makes Black & White prints only, in 8.5 x11", 8.5 x 14", or 11 x 17" sizes.

  • Pricing is .15/page for 8.5 x 11", and .25/page for the larger sizes. Please pay for your copies using the vending station to the right of the copier.


To send a fax, our public fax machine is located at Queset House, 51 Main Street, North Easton, in the First Floor Information Cafe. Instructions are printed on the fax machine, and you may lift the handset to listen to voice instructions.

  • Pricing is $1.75 for the first page, plus $1 for each page after, up to a total of 20 pages at a time. Credit and debit cards are the only accepted method of payment at this time.
  • This machine sends outgoing faxes only
  • Open during Library operating hours: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.