Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


All services below are FREE with your Ames Free Library card, and titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period - meaning no late fees, ever!

For an introduction and instructions on using any of these services, visit our Tutorials page. 

For written instructions on how to use Libby and OverDrive, see the PDF brochures at the bottom of this page.


Media eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines  eBooks, audiobooks*, videos, and magazines   eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, TV shows, and comics

Devices Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), and Windows 10. Android, Chromebooks, iOS, Kindle Fire tablets, or Windows 8/10.   Web browser, smart phone, tablet, Kindle Fire (Fire OS 5.0.0 or newer) or TV.

Access Visit your device's app store to install, or visit to access Libby resources directly through your browser. Visit to see what is available through the Ames Free Library. Mobile users may download the OverDrive app from your device's app store.**   First, register for a Hoopla account on Mobile users can download the Hoopla app at the bottom of the Hoopla Digital main page.


*Effective September 4, 2019, Overdrive will be ending support for OverDrive for Mac. This means that Mac users will no longer see the option to download audiobook titles. Please feel free to try Libby for audiobooks instead! You also have the option to listen to audiobooks directly through your browser using OverDrive Listen.

**OverDrive will no longer be available to download from your device's app store in February 2022. The app is being discontinued in favor of Libby.


COVID-19 service update: Check out 4 items each month! 

Also be sure to look for the Ames Free Library's curated lists! From the Hoopla Digital app, use the "Genre" button, select your genre, and under the "Categories" tab, look for categories that have "AFL" in the title. From your browser, you'll use the "Browse" drop-down menu and follow the same process.