Quick Picks

Quick Picks Shelf

Popular Items Without the Wait

Looking for that book everyone's talking about? Check the Quick Picks shelf!

Quick Picks are extra copies of super-popular items that go fast and come back fast, so you have more chances at a lucky find.

 

How it works:

  • 7 day checkout
  • No renewals
  • No holds
  • 2 Quick Pick items at a time

Note: If you have an item on hold, checking it out from Quick Picks will cancel your hold.

 

Quick Picks FAQ

Yes! Not only does it help us gauge interest, it's a backup plan if you don't find the book you want on the Quick Picks shelf. (Not all popular items will be available as Quick Picks.)

Note: If you check an item out from the Quick Picks shelf, your hold will be automatically cancelled so everyone else can move up in line.

Quick Picks are additional copies beyond what Ames Public Library usually purchases for long hold queues. This should make the hold queues shorter as people check out a Quick Picks copy instead.

Note: If you check an item out from the Quick Picks shelf, your hold will be automatically cancelled so everyone else can move up in line.

Quick Picks aren't for everyone, and that's okay! You can still put items on hold and wait for your turn, just like you always have.

Quick Picks are additional copies beyond what Ames Public Library usually purchases for long hold queues, so your hold won't take any longer. In fact, it may go more quickly as people in front of you check out a Quick Picks copy and get out of the hold queue!