COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The City of Ames and Ames Public Library are working with community partners including Iowa State University, Ames Community School District, Mary Greeley Medical Center, and Iowa Department of Health to share information about the spread of COVID-19 and work together to keep the public safe.
Ames Public Library will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17 through May 15 for the safety of our visitors, staff, and community. During this time, please take advantage of our e-books and other online resources.
Please keep all materials you currently have checked out until the library re-opens. 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.
Home delivery, deposit collections, Project Smyles, and Bookmobile stops are also suspended during this time.
We will continue to work with health and community officials to share resources and evaluate these measures.
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- Tumblebook Library interactive stories
- Khan Academy online learning
- Homework help, research tools, language learning, and more
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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.
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.
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.)
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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.