How Do I?

How do I donate books to the library?

  • Hardcover and paperback books in good condition. 
    We cannot accept damaged books (e.g., broken bindings, missing pages, soiled, musty or moldy, excessive writing in the text) or clearly outdated materials. 
  • Commercially published media (e.g., CDs, DVDs)
  • Recent editions of magazines.
  • Price guides and almanacs: current only
  • Medical and financial advice books: less than 5 years old
  • Travel guidebooks: less than 5 years old
  • Computer manuals: less than 5 years old
  • Textbooks: less than 10 years old
  • Test preparation guides: less than 5 years old
  • Large quantities of books not in boxes. We are unable to return boxes or bins to donors.
  • Damaged books with broken binding, missing pages, soiled, musty, moldy, smoke or water damage, or excessive writing in the text.
  • Clearly outdated materials
  • Toys, games, puzzles, artwork
  • Readerís Digest condensed books
  • Professional journals
  • Encyclopedias
  • Cassette tapes
  • VHS
  • Workbooks or study guides that are partially or wholly filled in
  • Please bring donations of books to Literary Grounds inside of Ames Public Library during open hours.
  • Stop by the Welcome Desk or call 515-239-5646 ext. 2 when you get to the library if you have larger donations. You'll be instructed to park at our garage/receiving room.
  • We may not be able to accept excessively large donations such as a truck load. Once our inventory needs are met we may decline to accept donations.

We do not determine the value of the donation. Your tax preparer can assist with this. Receipts can be provided stating how many and what kind of items were donated.

Depending on the quality and condition of the item they can be put into our general collection, sold on our book sales, sold in Literary Grounds, given away, or discarded.

How do I download and stream?

Click here to access the Getting Started guide provided by OverDrive. (Scroll down the page to select your device.)

Click here to access the Borrowing Titles guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here to access the Kindle eReaders guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here to access the Kindle Fire guide provided by OverDrive.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your IPad/iPhone/iPod Touch.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your Android device.

Click here for tips on how to get started with your Nook Tablet/Book eReader.

Click here to access video instruction on how to install Adobe Digital Editions.

Click here for tips on getting started with your PC or Mac.

Click here to find out how to use Hoopla with your device(s).

Click here for tips on getting started with Kanopy. 

Click here to find out how to watch Kanopy on your device(s).

Click here to learn how to read magazines from RB Digital in your browser or smart device.