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Volunteer at the Library


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. 

Special Events Volunteers

Event: June Summer Reading Kickoff
Date: June 4, 2016
Time: Two Hour Shifts from 9:00 am-6:00 pm.
Commitment: We need two people for each shift to help families register for the summer reading program and to help children with crafts and activities.  The shifts are 9-11, 11-1, 1-3, 3-5. 

Event: Summer Reading Sign-ups
Dates: June 7, 8, & 9
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45-1:00, Wednesday 9:45-12:00
Commitment: We need one volunteer each day who can help parents with Summer Reading registration.  Volunteers can work only part of the shift if needed. 

Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or donnac@provolibrary.com

Event: Stuffed Animal Sleepover Drop Off
Date: June 16, 2016
Time: 9:30am-12:45pm
Commitment: We need up to two volunteers to help as children drop off their stuffed animals for the stuffed animal sleepover. Volunteers can work only part of the shift if needed. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com

Event: Summer Reading Prize Pick Up
Dates: July 26, 27, 28
Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:45-1:00, Wednesday 9:45-12:00
Commitment: We need one volunteer each day who can help distribute summer reading prizes to families.  Volunteers can work only part of the shift if needed. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Kid's Code Club Volunteer 
Dates: Every Monday June 6-July18
Time: 3:45-5:15 pm
Commitment: Code Club is self-paced coding lab for children ages 9-12. The volunteer would help the teacher with set up, issuing name tags, crowd control, helping individual children with coding questions, and clean up. A volunteer with some coding experience is preferred. The Code Club Volunteer must commit to attend Code Club regularly during the two months of the program. 

Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or donnac@provolibrary.com

Spanish Story Time Monday Evening Volunteer
Dates: Monday Evenings June 6-July 18
Times: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Length of 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)

  • Before story time: Help the storyteller set up the story circle by bringing out the puppet theater, making sure there are enough 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 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 needs to be someone who can attend consistently. The volunteer should be outgoing and friendly, and comfortable in a multilingual environment. Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com.  

Shelf Cleaning/Program Maintenance
Date: Variable
Time: Variable
Commitment: No specific time commitment required.

  • 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.
    • Other Craft Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projects
    • Note: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. Those interested should contact Donna at donnac@provolibrary.com

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.  

Book Trivia Night Volunteer

Date: Friday, June 24  
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Commitment: Single event commitment
Responsibilities: We need volunteers to help run a book themed trivia night. Volunteers will work with library staff to judge trivia answers, keep track of teams' scores, hand out prizes, etc. The first hour will be to help setup. From 7:00 - 8:30 pm will be running the trivia night with a few minutes at the end to clean up.  Those interested should contact Marcie Beard at marcieb@provolibrary.com

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.

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

Circulation and Technical Services are our behind-the-scenes unsung heroes! Volunteers help prepare items for circulation and help returned materials return to their proper homes. 

Technical Services Volunteer

Dates: Flexible. Choose any weekday and volunteer weekly.
Time: Flexible; one to two hours weekly between 9 am and 4 pm
Commitment: Must commit to 1-1/2 to 2 hours weekly for a minimum of 3 months.
Responsibilities: Volunteers prepare new library materials, buff discs, and box up discards. Must be detail-oriented. Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or donnac@provolibrary.com.



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


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