Library Closure FAQ

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.

Closure FAQ

Ames City Council has directed that City Hall and City facilities not reopen before Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

We are working with the City of Ames and Health Officials to plan for a gradual reintroduction of services, including Curbside Holds Pickup.

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

You may return items to the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library. If you have oversize items, puppets, or other items that should not go in the drop box, please keep them for now.

Items can be returned to the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library or to the walk-up drop box near the Library's entrance. 

If you have oversize items or bagged items like puzzles, please hold on to them for now or return them at your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.

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.

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

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.