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!

Purchase Request Form

Is there an item you would like us to own? Before suggesting a title for purchase, please check our local holdings first at and then our statewide holdings at If the item is not available on either site, let us know what you would like by filling out our Purchase Request form below!

Please be aware that:

  • We generally do not order items for our collection more than three months ahead of publication date
  • Priority is given to suggestions that are currently, or soon to be, published
  • While we do value your input and consider each suggestion carefully, we cannot buy every suggested title
What happens next? When you submit a purchase request, you will be notified by one of our librarians about the status of your request, and whether the purchase has been completed. If the item is purchased, you will then be placed on the hold list. (Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee priority placement on the hold list.)
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