Curbside Holds Pickup

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Family, Teens, Adults
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Ames Public Library cardholders can now request books and other items and pick them up at a Curbside Holds Pickup appointment.


To schedule your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment:

  • Find an available time slot on the Library's event calendarRegistration closes at 8am the day before an appointment.
  • Fill out the registration form at the bottom of the page and click the "Register" button.
  • You should receive a confirmation e-mail. If you don't, please call (515) 239-5646 ext. 2 or e-mail

If you will need special assistance at your Curbside Holds Pickup, please let us know in the Special Notes.


To place items on hold:

  • Log in to your account on the Library's catalog using your Library card number and PIN. (If you have trouble logging in, please call 239-5646 ext. 2.)
  • Find an item you want.
  • Check the item's "availability" to make sure we have at least one copy checked in. Please note that recently checked in items may be in quarantine and may not be checked out.
  • Click "Request" and confirm your hold request.

Please place your holds by 8am on the day before your Curbside Holds Pickup appointment. (Limit of 20 items.)

If you have large fines or fees on your account, you may need to pay them before your holds can be checked out. You can pay your Ames Public Library fines online here

If you have any items on hold that you no longer need, call (515) 239-5646 ext. 2 or e-mail


For more information about our Curbside Holds Pickup service, visit

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