Using the Library

Woman doing research in Ames Public Library
Ames Library Card

Sign up for a free Library card online or at the Library!


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Most items may be checked out for 3 weeks, and some may be renewed after that.


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The Library has large meeting rooms and smaller study rooms available for free public use.


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The Library offers free use of internet-connected computers and tablets along with free wi-fi and document scanning. Printing (and online printing) is available for a small fee.


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Bookmobile cutout

Anyone can check out, return, and request items from our Bookmobile, which makes weekly stop all around town.


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Smyles the dog circle graphic

Look for Ames Public Library's mascot, Smyles, at the Library and at special events around town! Smyles is also a big part of Project Smyles, the Library's outreach program to children in daycare and preschool.


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See what else the Library offers, from museum passes to Notary services!


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