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Volunteers

The Library thrives on the hundreds of volunteer hours worked on its behalf each month.  Library volunteers support Children's programming, assist the Library with special projects in our Technical Services and Community Relations departments, and more.  Each volunteer is a valued and integral member of the Library's staff.

To volunteer at the Provo City Library, please complete and return a pdfVolunteer Application.  Hard-copy Volunteer Applications can be picked up from the 1st Floor Reference Desk in the Library's Rogers Wing.  Completed applications may be returned in one of the following ways:

  • Returned to the First Floor Reference Desk
  • Mailed to the Provo City Library, attention Volunteer Coordinator
  • Faxed to 801-852-6688, attention Volunteer Coordinator

Please note that one must be fourteen years of age or older to volunteer at the Library.  All volunteers under the age of eighteen must complete and turn in a pdfParental/Guardian Consent Form with their applications. 

As the Library receives a high volume of Volunteer Applications weekly, please allow between 2-3 weeks for application processing.  All applications are sent to Provo City's Human Resources Department for a mandatory background check. All volunteers are subject to departmental approval; after your application is approved, you will be contacted by a member of our staff to get started. 

The Library does not accept Volunteer Applications for court-appointed community service hours.

Current Volunteer Needs

Below are the descriptions of current volunteer needs; when you apply to volunteer, please indicate which opportunity you are interested in. 

Children's Department

Volunteers in the Children's Department help with programs and help us keep our surroundings and materials clean.  Volunteers for Children's Programs need to be someone who can attend consistently. Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. 

Preschool Story Time Volunteer

Dates: Weekly on Tuesday or Thursday
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 am
Commitment: Preschool Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before story time: Help storytellers set up for story time by arranging the story room, making sure there are enough dye-cut letters and coloring sheets, pulling books if needed. Put on a Volunteer Apron.
During Preschool Story Time: Greet children as they enter the story room. Sit with the children during story time, gently reminding them to stay seated, raise hands, and keep from bothering their neighbors.  Take children out of the room to find their parent when needed. Count the children in attendance for statistical purposes.
Between story time: Cut out dye-cut letters or pull books for next week as needed
After Preschool Story Time: Help Storytellers clean up and prepare the room for the next day.

Library Kids Jr. Volunteer

Dates: Thursday afternoons
Times: 4:00-5:15 pm
Commitment: The Library Kids Jr. volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before Library Kids: Help librarians set up room 201, cover tables and put out supplies as needed.
During Library Kids: Greet children as they enter.  Help children with craft projects as needed.  Help maintain order in the classroom
After Library Kids: Help the librarians clean up and put the room in order.

Library Kid Sr. Volunteer

Dates: Thursday afternoons
Times: 4:00-5:15 pm
Commitment: The Library Kids Jr. volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April)
Responsibilities:
Before Library Kids: Help librarians set up the Story Room, cover tables and put out supplies as needed.
During Library Kids: Greet children and give them name tags as they enter.  Help children with craft projects as needed.  Help maintain order in the classroom.
After Library Kids: Help the librarians clean up and put the room in order.

Spanish Story Time Monday Evening Volunteer

Dates: Monday Evenings 
Times: 6:15-7:15 pm 
Commitment: The Spanish Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April) Responsibilities: Before story time: Help the storyteller set up the story circle by bringing out the puppet theater, making sure there are enough dye-cut letters and coloring sheets, pulling books if needed. Put on a Volunteer Apron. During Spanish Story Time: Greet children as they enter the story Circle area. Help the story teller with the puppet show or other aspects of the show as needed. Count the children in attendance for statistical purposes. After Spanish Story Time: Hand out coloring sheets.  Help Storytellers clean up, putting away equipment, picking up paper scraps and stray books. Notes: The Spanish Story Time Volunteer should be outgoing and friendly, and comfortable in a multilingual environment. Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential.

Spanish Story Time Friday Morning Volunteer

Dates: Friday Mornings 
Times: 10:15-11:15 am
Commitment: The Spanish Story Time volunteer must commit to at least one semester of weekly attendance (i.e. September- first week in December or January-April) Responsibilities: Before story time: Help the storyteller set up the story room by arranging the puppet theater and book table, making sure there are enough dye-cut letters and coloring sheets, pulling books if needed. Put on a Volunteer Apron. During Spanish Story Time: Greet children as they enter the Story Room. Help the storyteller with the puppet show or other aspects of the show as needed. Count the children in attendance for statistical purposes. After Spanish Story Time: Hand out coloring sheets.  Help Storyteller clean up, putting away equipment, picking up paper scraps and stray books. Notes: The Spanish Story Time Volunteer needs to be outgoing and friendly, and comfortable in a multilingual environment. Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential.

Shelf Cleaning/ Program Maintenance Volunteer

Date: Variable 
Time: Variable
Commitment: No specific time commitment required,
Responsibilities
Orientation: Come to the library for a short (15 minute) orientation about different tasks that need to be done in the children’s department.
After the orientation: After the orientation volunteers can come any time when the library is open and do any of the following tasks:
Shelf Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean of the front of book shelfs to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
Dye-Cutting Letters: Use the dye-cut machine to create paper letter cut outs to give to children during story time.
Sorting Legos: Sort Legos from the Lego Crew program by shape and utility.
Preschool Play toy cleaning: Clean and disinfect the toys used during the Preschool Play program to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
Note: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session.

Teen and Adult Services Department

The Teen and Adult Services Deparment requires assistance for some of our special events including helping with computer classes, book sales, Summer Reading Programs, author events, etc.

Note: All Teen and Adult Services volunteer positions require an interview to be offered a volunteer position.  

Interlibrary Loan Volunteer

Date: Monday mornings
Time: Flexible
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: The interlibrary loan volunteer will assist librarians by putting library materials in packages with corresponding paperwork for shipment to other libraries. Attention to detail and ability to follow written directions is required. 

Outreach Volunteer

Date: Tuesday afternoons
Time: Flexible; responsibilities take approximately 2 hours
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: Volunteer needed for two hours every Tuesday afternoon to help prepare and deliver materials to Outreach patrons. Includes pulling books, checking them out, as well as sometimes delivering to Outreach patrons.  Volunteer needs to have their own method of transportation and be a caring individual who is interested in helping the elderly.

Teen Volunteer Board Volunteer

Date: 1st Thursday of every month  
Time: 6:15 to 7:45 pm
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: Volunteer needed to help with Teen Volunteer Board.  Must be interested in working with teens and familiar with giving instructions/leading teens.  Will involve crafts, volunteer services, and socializing with teens.

Teen Programming Volunteer

Date: Thursday evenings as needed  
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 pm
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: A volunteer is needed to be present at screenings of teen films.  Will help the librarian to set up and take down this event, as well as manage teens in attendance. Must be interested in working with teens and familiar with giving instructions/leading teens.  

Teen Minecraft Club Volunteer

Date: Friday evenings  
Time: 5:45 - 8:15 pm
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: Volunteer will moderate the Teen Minecraft Club. Club lasts from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The volunteer should plan to be in the lab and setting up approximately 15-20 minutes before the club starts. Volunteer will play with teens and moderate, ensuring that teens follow rules and have fun. A working knowledge of Minecraft is required. Must be interested in working with teens and familiar with giving instructions/leading teens. 

Community Relations Department

The Community Relations Department manages large programs and events. We also manage the Attic at Academy Square (an exhibit space on the 4th floor) and the Used Book Store.

Used Book Store Volunteer 

Date: Flexible 
Time: Flexible; mornings preferred
Commitment: Four month commitment requested
Responsibilities: Volunteer will help us keep our Used Book Store stocked and orderly. This includes bringing out new materials and placing them in the appropriate sections of the store and reshelving unwanted materials. This volunteer must be detail-oriented and capable of lifting up to 50 lbs. 

Special Events Volunteer 

Date: Varies; most often needed on Saturdays 
Time: Varies
Responsibilities: Special events volunteers help decorate for, manage, and clean up after a variety of special events that the the Library hosts. This may include things like crowd management, face painting, game management, or wearing character costumes. If you are interested in being a Special Events volunteer, you will contacted several weeks prior to an event to check your availability. 

Circulation Department and Technical Services Department

All of our volunteer positions in the Circulation and Technical Services Departments are currently filled. 

Questions?

Questions?

Want to know about the most current volunteer positions available? Please call our volunteer coordinator at 801-852-7623.

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