Dog·Eared Books is committed to providing a safe experience for our customers and staff. Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for shopping in the store. Consumption of food and beverage is limited to specific areas of the store. Hand sanitizer is placed throughout the store. Surfaces are sanitized throughout the day.

If you prefer to shop from home, you can order through the website or call/email an order. In addition to in-store pickup, we offer free delivery to Ames addresses and can also ship your items directly to your home.

For the time being, we are not holding large, in-person events.


Monday 9:00-6:00
Tuesday 9:00-6:00
Wednesday 9:00-6:00
Thursday 9:00-7:00
Saturday 9:00-6:00
Sunday 12:00-4:00

Used Books

Due to limited shelf space, Dog·Eared Books maintains a small, carefully curated selection of previously loved books.
If you have previously loved books you’d like to sell to Dog·Eared Books, please be mindful of our requirements and procedures.

We only accept the following:

Bestsellers published in the last 5 years (exceptions may be made for titles older than 5 years that are still selling well)
Books that are considered classics
All books must be in like-new condition.

If your books meet these requirements,

You may bring in no more than 10 books at a time for consideration.
You can email pictures of the books (cover and binding) you’d like us to consider. Email

Dog·Eared Books pays a non-negotiable rate for the titles we accept:

Paperback picture books – $1
Hardcover picture books – $2
Paperback books – $2
Hardcover books – $4

Local Authors

Dog·Eared Books is proud to support local authors. If your book has been published by an established publishing house that we regularly order from, and we decide to stock it, we will purchase it directly from your publisher. If this describes your situation, and you’d like to notify us of your book’s publication, please send us an email at

If your book is self-published or published by a publisher with which we don’t have an account, we are happy to sell your book on a consignment basis, provided that it meets the following standards:

Its content is consistent with our store’s mission.
We believe there is a market for it at our store.
It is proofread.
It has a professional appearance.

To have your book considered for consignment, please send an email to with the following information:

Book Title
A brief description of your book’s content
Target audience for your book
Retail price

If your book is accepted on consignment, the following terms will apply:

Dog·Eared Books will retain 40% of the retail price per item.
Dog·Eared Books will keep the book in stock for a minimum of 6 months and will extend or discontinue the agreement at that time, based on sales.
Payment to the author will occur twice per year – at the end of June and the end of December.

Furry Friends

Although we would LOVE to meet your furry friends, because we serve food and beverage, service dogs only are allowed in the store.

Most days, our own service/shop dog, Lovie, will be in the store and would love to receive pets and cuddles. If you do not wish to interact with her, that’s no problem. She has a special spot she can go hang out at.