About the Library

Mission Statement

We connect you to the world of ideas.


As a department of the City, Ames Public Library embraces the Excellence Through People Values, which are:

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Customer Driven
  • Data Driven
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Employee Involvement
  • Excellence
  • Fiscal Stewardship
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Positive Attitude
  • Respect One Another
  • Safety and Wellness
  • Teamwork

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Ames Public Library is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive space that honors the inherent dignity of customers, staff and the community as a whole. 

Ames Public Library works to reduce barriers to access for the public, provide a welcoming environment for community members, and foster a supportive workplace. As such, all employees are expected to create a culture of inclusivity, respect and equity for staff and customers.

Ames Public Library 2020 Strategic Plan


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