Book Store & Sales

Book Store Closed

Literary Grounds Book Store is currently closed due to COVID-19. The space is being used to shelve books and items on hold for checkout.


Literary Grounds

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.


Shop Gently-Used Books:

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


We also sell

  • Gift Certificates for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives
  • Puppets
  • Ames Public Library shirts and totes
  • and more!


Watch for special book sales throughout the year! >>

Man sitting in Literary Grounds section of the Ames Public Library