Special Collections

Park Packs

Park Packs: Explore nature with outdoor gear, field guides, and more!


Explore nature with a Park Pack! Each backpack is filled with guidebooks, tools, and ideas for exploring a different topic.

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Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Need internet access? Check out a wi-fi hotspot and get online for free!
Supported by Ames Public Library Friends Foundation and First National Bank, Ames.

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Launchpad Learning Tablets

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Check out a kid-focused tablet with themed educational apps for preschoolers and elementary age kids.

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Adventure Pass

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Check out a free pass to participating museums and attractions.

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Quick Picks

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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.

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Have fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at home! Each kit has books and activities to help your family explore a theme.

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Book Store & Sales

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Buy books, movies and more at great prices from Literary Grounds or our Book Sales.

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Grab and Go Bags

Grab & Go Bags. Find a bag filled with your favorite topic, available in the Lobby!


Stop by the Library's lobby and check out a whole bag of books or movies for a specific age group or featuring a topic or genre.


Book Club Collection

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Ames Public Library has multiple copies of many books that are popular with book clubs, and they can be checked out for 6 weeks! See the Book Club Collection list in the online catalog or view the PDF.

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Farwell T. Brown Photo Archive

Black and white picture of the Collegian Theater in Ames, Iowa


The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown's lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa. 

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