Location: Ames Free Library
About the Location
- Location: Oliver Ames Free Library
- Date constructed: 1877
- Original purpose: Library
- Architects: H.H Richardson, F.L Olmstead
- Notable people involved in construction: H.H Richardson and Oliver Ames Jr
The Building was Commissioned in 1877 by H. H. Richardson, and opened in 1883, It was opened for use as a library and place of study for the town. At this time, most libraries operated differently than they do now, you asked for the book you’d like, and the staff members working there would retrieve the book for you, instead of having free range to browse the books in the way we can today. It's called the Ames Free Library because it was free to use, something that was new and uncommon at the time. Before this you had to pay for a subscription to join a private library.
What is it used for now?
The Library is still in use to this day, with a children's wing where books for kids of all ages can be found, along with children's events and readings hosted there. The Library runs hundreds of events yearly. Outside is home to wonderful gardens and a fountain, this is a great spot to read or play bocce in the old greenhouse foundation. A recent addition to the library is the “teen den” where there are a variety of game consoles to play, along with great book picks for young adults and teens. Just a walk away you can visit the Queset House, home to many clubs and activities!
History is right around the corner!
Nearby you can find the library gardens, Queset House, and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall