Using the Ames Public Library
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Ames Public Library
is a department of
the City of Ames.

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Using the Library
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Ames Public Library Card

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Signing Up

All Iowa residents may sign up for an Ames Public Library card. To apply for your card, you will need:

  • Photo identification
  • Proof of current Iowa address
  • Completed registration form or registration online

Library Card Types

Personal Library CardThere are two types of library cards:

Individual card

  • a single, confidential account.

Family card

  • Family Library Cardan account shared among family members.
  • Anyone listed on the family card may see what items are checked out on the account or pick up items being held, regardless of who requested them.

Any family member can be on a family card account and have a individual card account.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you want my e-mail address?

We will notify you of your holds and over due materials via e-mail. Please remember to keep this up-to-date. We will never give or sell this information to a third party.


What is my password for?

The 4-digit password that you choose for your Library account is for accessing the catalog and your account online and for using a computer in the Ames Public Library computer lab.


Contact Us

For more information , please call (515) 239-5646 or e-mail