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.

Tough Topics

Abortion & Birth ControlAbuseAddictionAlcoholBankruptcyBullyingCancerChild CustodyCutting/Self-HarmDeath, Grief, BereavementDepressionDivorceDrugsEating Disorders & Body ImageHIV & AIDSInfertilityLGBTQLoss of a ChildMental IllnessPost-Traumatic StressPregnancyPrejudice & RacismRapeRelationships & DatingSelf-EsteemSelf-HelpSexSTDsStressSuicide


If you would like to ask a reference question related to any of these topics (or others), please contact us by submitting our reference form. Librarians are available between 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For additional, web-based help, please visit our Selected Websites page which contains categories that you may find useful:

  • Community Information
  • COVID-19 Help
  • Crisis
  • Health