Events & News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ames Public Library is closed for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community. Ames City Council has directed that City Hall and City facilities not reopen before Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

During this time, please take advantage of our e-books and other online resources.

No items will be due and no fines will accrue while the Library is closed. Held items will not expire, and will be available when we reopen. If you have items on hold and no longer need them, please cancel your hold by calling (515) 239-5646, ext. 2.

 

5/21 UPDATE:

Ames Public Library is now offering Curbside Holds Pickup! For more information, visit www.amespubliclibrary.org/curbside.

Regular Closings

New Year's Day
Presidents Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving and the Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
New Year's Eve (Close at 5pm)

Program Proposals

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Library News

Now Offering Curbside Holds Pickup

Ames Public Library has introduced a new, contact-free Curbside Holds Pickup service. Curbside Holds Pickup will allow Library cardholders to request physical items like books and DVDs, then schedule an appointment to pick them up in front of the Library.

Director Sheila Schofer says st...

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How many holds can the holds shelf hold?

How many holds can the holds shelf hold? A holds shelf can only hold as many holds as the holds shelf currently holds!

We're sending out information to people with holds on these shelves to sign up for curbside pickup starting May 19. Once we've got a little breathing room, we'll open i...

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Returning Library Items

We're ready for you to start returning your Library items! 

If you're ready to get the Library books out of your house, drop them off in the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library. (The drop box by the front door is also available.)

Please continue to hold onto...

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COVID-19 Closure Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ames Public Library is closed for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community.

We are working with the City of Ames and health officials to plan for a gradual reintroduction of services. 

Watch for updates as we approach m...

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Upcoming Events

Library Closed due to COVID-19

All Day 3/17 - 6/30
Branches:
Ames Public Library, Off Site
Description:
  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ames Public Library is closed for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community. For information and updates on the closure and reintroduction of services, visit www.amespubliclibrary.org/C...
This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Teens" group.
This event is in the "Adults" group.

Summer Reading Challenge

All Day, 6/1 - 8/14
Family, Teens, Adults
Library Branch: Online
Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
Program Type: Reading Incentive Program
Program Details:
This year our summer reading challenge for all ages is designed to develop a reading habit and connect everyone to the world of ideas through the Ames Public Library. Read and complete challenges to earn virtual badges. See how many you c...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

Primary Election

June 2, 2020
7:00am - 9:00pm
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: Farwell T. Brown Auditorium
Purpose of Meeting
Primary Election Polling Site for Ames W1P4. ...
This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
10:00am - 10:30am
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
10:30am - 11:00am
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
11:00am - 11:30am
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
11:30am - 12:00pm
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
12:00pm - 12:30pm
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.

This event is in the "All Ages" group.

Curbside Holds Pickup

June 3, 2020
12:30pm - 1:00pm
All Ages
Closed
Registration
Library Branch: Ames Public Library
Room: In Front of Library
Age Group: All Ages
Program Type: Curbside Pickup
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 0
Program Details:
Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.   To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment: Find an available time slot on the Library's ...


Ames Public Library connects you to the world of ideas through diverse and inclusive resources and programs. We welcome program proposals via our website at bit.ly/APLprogram.