Special Collections

Roleplaying Game Kits

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The Library’s Role Playing Game Kits contain everything needed to get started. The only thing missing is the imagination and fun which comes from you!



Special Collections of Books & Movies

Black Book Nook 

Black Book Nook. Ames Public Library. Created in partnership with the Iowa State University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Office of Equal Opportunity


The Black Book Nook collection fosters education and community engagement with Black history, thought, literature, and culture. This collection was created in partnership with the Iowa State University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Office of Equal Opportunity.

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Quick Picks

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Quick Picks are extra copies of super-popular items that go fast and come back fast, so you have more chances at a lucky find.

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Book Club Collection

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Ames Public Library has multiple copies of many books that are popular with book clubs, and they can be checked out for 6 weeks! See the Book Club Collection list in the online catalog or view the PDF.

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Grab & Go Bags 

Grab & Go Bags. Find a bag filled with your favorite topic, available in the Lobby!


Stop by the Library's lobby and check out a whole bag of books or movies for a specific age group or featuring a topic or genre.

Beyond Books

Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Need internet access? Check out a wi-fi hotspot and get online for free!
Supported by Ames Public Library Friends Foundation and First National Bank, Ames.

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Adventure Pass

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Check out a free pass to participating museums and attractions.

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Launchpad Learning Tablets

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Check out a kid-focused tablet with themed educational apps for preschoolers and elementary age kids.

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Park Packs

Park Packs. Explore nature with outdoor gear, field guides, and more!


Explore nature with a Park Pack! Each backpack is filled with guidebooks, tools, and ideas for exploring a different topic.

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Have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at home! Each kit has books and activities to help your family explore a theme.

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Local History

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Search the Farwell T. Brown local photo archive, read The Tribune back to 1877, browse yearbooks and more in the Heritage Room, and find out about our history and genealogy events and resources.

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