Get a Card

Get your library card online and start using it now!


Community members may currently register online and immediately get access to a variety of online resources.

All Iowa residents may sign up for an Ames Public Library card. To apply for your card, you will need:

  • Photo identification
  • Proof of current Iowa address
  • Completed registration form or registration online

There are two main types of library cards:

Individual Card
A single, confidential account.

Family Card
An account shared among family members.
Anyone listed on the family card may see what items are checked out on the account or pick up items being held, regardless of who requested them.
Any family member can be on a family card account and have a individual card account.

For information about Library accounts for educators or businesses, visit the Welcome Desk or call Customer Account Services at (515) 239-5646 ext. 2.

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