Queset House is an extension of the library and for the use of the library. The rooms within Queset House are designated for specific purposes, some with related computer equipment. The rooms provide workspaces for informational meetings, presentations, and small group discussions. All rooms have wireless internet connectivity. These spaces are normally used on a walk-in first, come first served basis, if no prior reservation has been made by either the library or an outside entity. Selected rental times may be discussed with library staff for appropriate activities and if other space is not available.
When not in use by the library, meeting rooms can be used by nonprofit community groups and other organizations for a fee.
Meeting room use is limited to days that the Ames Free Library is open, and as such cannot be accommodated on Sundays, holidays, or other days when the Library is closed to the public.
Meetings and events which are sponsored by the Library in support of its mission and goals, or are sponsored by agencies of town and regional government groups are exempt from rental fees. In general, there is no charge for non-profit civic, cultural, educational, and community group events that are free and open to the public during the regular operating hours of the library; please contact the library to see if your event meets these criteria. Non-profit organizations using the space for meetings closed to the general public will be charged 50% of the standard rate during the regular operating hours of the library. All reserved room use must end no later than 30 minutes prior to the library's closing time.
After-hours use by any group for any reason is fee based, is dependent upon staff availability, and needs to be scheduled a minimum of 3 days in advance.
|1st Floor Presentation Commons||This formal wood-paneled, former dining room provides an elegant setting for conference or theater-style seating. It is ideal for presentations and small luncheons or dinners. A banquet table seats 18; row seating accommodates 30 chairs. Equipped with video projector, screen, and sound equipment, DVD/Blu-ray, data network, and kitchen. An enclosed porch connects the room with the House’s walled garden.|
|1st Floor Information Cafe||This intimate space is ideal for smaller groups of 6-8 people. Three smaller tables can be used for one on one discussions, or brought together to seat up to 8 people.|
|1st Floor Library Room||A study perfect for four people to meet, either in comfort around a coffee table, or in the small, windowed alcove.|
|2nd Floor Maker Space||A bright corner room with space for group activities and instructional meetings for crafts such as knitting, quilting, simple robotics, and beading. Up to 10 people can work together at the table provided.|
|2nd Floor Conference Room||
Ideal for workshops, classroom-style activities, or theater seating, this room provides a professional and private setting. Up to eight task tables may be configured as needed, providing classroom or conference seating for 12. By removing the tables, rows of chairs can accommodate 30 people. Equipped with 70” high-definition TV screen, DVD/Blu-ray, and data network. By special arrangement, presentations may be simulcast to or from the 1st floor Presentation Commons.
Please use the provided form to request use of a room at Queset House.
Prior to submitting a request please read our Meeting Room Policy.
Approval of your request will be based upon room availability and other considerations that will be discussed with you by a library representative.