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 recognizes the discriminatory history of public libraries in the United States andas such, all employees are expected to create an environment of inclusivity, respect and equity for staff and customers. 

Ames Public Library 2020 Strategic Plan


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