COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Get your library card online and start using it now!


Although the building is closed, Ames Public Library offers free access to a variety of online resources.

To make things easier, community members may currently register online and immediately get their own library card number.


Your Library Online

Stream and Download

  • e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, graphic novels, movies, TV, and music

Online Resources for Kids

  • Tumblebook Library interactive stories
  • Khan Academy online learning
  • Homework help, research tools, language learning, and more

Newspapers, Language Learning, and Much More!

Connect With Your Librarians:

Links to Reliable Information

What You Can Do

  • Stay home if you are sick. Reducing the amount of exposure to ANY illness is critical for keeping people healthy.
  • Clean and sanitize frequently touched workspaces like desktops, countertops, tables, doorknobs, etc.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough. If you do cough, make sure you either cough into your elbow or into a tissue that you promptly throw away. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after coughing.


Closure FAQ

Library administration will work with the City of Ames and the Library Board to reassess the situation and determine when it is best to reopen. As of this time, the Library will be closed until May 15.

Please keep all materials you currently have checked out until the Library reopens.

All due dates have been extended until May 30 or later. No fines will accrue on any items while the Library is closed.

Please keep all materials you currently have checked out until the Library reopens.

Held items will not expire while the Library is closed, and they will be available to be picked up when the Library reopens.

Currently, we are not accepting holds on any physical materials. We encourage you to continue browsing the Library catalog and placing titles that interest you into your “list”. Once the Library is re-opened you can utilize your “list” to place these physical materials on hold.

You can still access and place holds on e-books and e-audiobooks through our streaming and downloadables. Electronic materials can also be placed on hold through the Library’s online catalog.

All cards with upcoming expiration dates will be set to expire after the Library reopens.

If you cannot find your Library card please call the Library at 515-239-5646 and select option 2 for Customer Account Services.  If you forgot your password you can use the reset password button on the Library’s website.

You can! Any new patrons can sign up for a library card and will receive a temporary barcode. With the temporary barcode you will be able to access our streaming and downloadables as well as our online resources while the Ames Public Library is closed. (NOTE: Cardholders must be a resident of Ames or rural Story County to access some digital resources, including certain downloadable e-Books and e-Audiobooks.)

Sign up here>>

The latest updates can always be found on the Ames Public Library’s coronavirus response here>>

You can also contact the Library here>> or call the library at (515) 239-5646 Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm.

Based on the latest information and updates from state and local officials about the spread of COVID-19(coronavirus), as well as in coordination with the City of Ames, Ames Public Library administration made the decision to close the building for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community.

Thank you for all your words of support for our staff! During the time the Library is closed, staff will continue to work and be paid. We will continue to protect the health of our staff by following best practices from health officials.