Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"

Ames Free Library will be closed on Saturday, January 29 due to inclement weather. We will reopen on Monday, January 31, for our normal hours (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.).

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. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday.

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