Library Reopening

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Ames Public Library is moving into the next phase of reopening spaces to the public. Starting March 15, visitors will be able to browse collections on the first and second floors of the Library. Library staff will be available to answer basic reference and account questions. Computers will continue to be available for 30 minute sessions. Quick Picks, Grab and Go Bags, and @HOME Activity kits will remain conveniently located in the lobby. Play areas, study rooms, and meeting rooms will remain closed during this phase.

Visitors should limit their time in the building to 30 minutes so others can use the facility safely. Visitors must wear masks covering their nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet of distance from staff and other visitors. Visitors are asked to refrain from eating or drinking in the Library at this time. Library users in need of special accommodations may call (515) 239-5646 ext. 2 for assistance.

Ames Public Library’s open hours will remain: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 9am-6pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-9pm; and Sundays 1pm-5pm.

The Library staff and Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and collaborate with City officials and health experts to adapt Library services as needed.

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