Book Store & Sales

Literary Grounds Bookstore

Ames Public Library's used book store and cafe is the perfect place to unwind or to shop for used books that look like new!

All purchases help support the Library through the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.

    Shop Gently-Used Books:

    • recent bestsellers
    • children’s stories
    • coffee table treasures
    • Iowa Press
    • and more!


    We also sell

    • Gift Certificates for those hard-to-buy-for friends and relatives
    • Puppets
    • Ames Public Library shirts and totes
    • and more!
    Literary Grounds Bookstore


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    Upcoming Book Sales

    Watch for special book sales throughout the year! >>

    This event is in the "Family" group.
    This event is in the "Teens" group.
    This event is in the "Adults" group.

    Holiday Book Sale

    All Day 12/21 - 1/3
    Library Branch: Ames Public Library
    Room: Lobby
    Age Group: Family, Teens, Adults
    Program Type: Book Sale
    Program Details:
      Stop by the Literary Grounds Bookstore in the Library's lobby this week for $1 off items with a red sticker. There are some great holiday treasures just waiting for the right person! Gift cards are available too!   Presented...

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