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Reopening the Library: Phase 1

Starting July 1, Ames Public Library’s lobby will be open for limited “grab and go” services.

We’re excited to welcome the community back into the building!

However, this first phase is a limited reopening of only the lobby for quick holds pickup and checkouts. The focus is on short visits and reduced interaction with staff for the health and safety of visitor and staff.

Please do not come into the Library if you or a member of your household are sick or have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the last 2 weeks. 

 

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Returning Library Items

We're ready for you to start returning your Library items! 

If you're ready to get the Library books out of your house, drop them off in the drive-up drop box in the alley behind the Library. (The drop box by the front door is also available.)

Please continue to hold onto oversize items, puppets, or anything else that shouldn't go in the drop box. We'll quarantine returned items before re-shelving them as a precaution.

Stay tuned for updates as we get ready to reintroduce some library services!

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COVID-19 Closure Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ames Public Library is closed 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. 

Watch for updates as we approach mid-May.

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Library Closed through May 15

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.

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Closed Presidents' Day for Staff Training

Ames Public Library is closed to the public every year on Presidents' Day, but there's still a lot of activity in the building!

This February 18, Library staff will be here for a variety of training sessions, presentations, and activities. This is a rare opportunity for all staff members to meet at the same time without interruption, so we pack it as full as we can! 

While you won't be able to check anything out from the Library building or the Bookmobile, there's still a lot of content available through our website! Visit our Stream and Download page for e-boo... Read Full Blog