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Literary Grounds
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Literary Grounds

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Ames Public Library's used book store and cafe is the perfect place to unwind or to shop for used books that look like new!


All purchases help support the Library through the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.



Gently-Used BooksLiterary Grounds

  • recent bestsellers
  • children’s stories
  • coffee table treasures
  • Iowa Press
  • and more!

Gift Certificates

  • for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives

Watch for special book sales throughout the year! >>