Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"



The Ames Free Library is proud to provide our patrons access to thousands of eBooks and related digital content through two primary platforms: Commonwealth eBook Collection & OverDrive. Both are great resources that provide you with access to a vast array of eBooks and related digital content, but knowing what type of digital content you are looking for will help you to decide which to use and when. And as always, if you are having trouble using any of the Ames Free Library's online resources, feel free to stop by the reference desk or schedule a one on one session with your very own librarian HERE!




With Commonwealth eBooks Collection, residents can access, for free, digital content. One centralized search pulls results from all of the digital providers the Massachusetts Library System is currently partnered with. Or search each digital provider individually based on the type of digital content you are searching for. More information and links to each provider can be found below.

OverDrive is a user friendly platform that the SAILS Library Consortium, of which the Ames Free Library is a member, partners with to provide free ebooks, audiobooks and more to our collective patrons. A valid library card and PIN are required to use OverDrive. Need help using OverDrive? Try this easy OverDrive Tutorial



  Commonwealth eBook Collections Content Providers:

 Find primary sources, historical documents, images, video and so much more from the collection at BiblioBoard. First time users will be prompted to create a profile. Learn how to use BiblioBoard with this BiblioBoard Tutorial


 Look for bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction at AXIS 360 from Baker & Taylor. Patrons can log in with their library card and PIN. For help, try this Axis 360 Tutorial

  Discover items to help with academic research as well as personal interests, from cooking to gardening at EBL. Use of EBL requires an account to be created by your home library. Once created patrons can access the service from any internet connection.