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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. 

Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. 

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. 

Program Volunteer Opportunities 

All Children's program volunteer slots filled. 

Flexible Volunteer Opportunities

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.
    • Craft Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projects.
    • Dye-Cut: Cut out paper letters using a dye-cut machine. 
    • Note: Those interested should contact Donna at

Book Cleaning/Shelf Cleaning
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: volunteers can come any time when the library is open and do the following tasks:
    • Shelf Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean of the front of book shelves to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
    • Picture Book Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean the covers of picture books.
    • Those interested should contact Donna at

Teen and Adult Services Department

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

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

Teen Paint Party
Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 12:45-2:15 pm
Responsibilities: Come help our teens learn a new painting technique. Those interested should contact Ann-Marie at

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 Group Volunteer Opportunities

Occasionally, the library needs groups of volunteers to help with special projects or events.

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 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 be contacted several weeks prior to an event to check your availability. 

Book Store/Donations Volunteer

Date: Flexible, needed most at the beginning of the month
Time: Flexible
Responsibilities: Help keep the used book store tidy and help keep shelves filled during the first two weeks of the month. This position also helps sort the donations the library receives on a weekly basis.  Must be capable of moderate lifting and have a keen eye for organization.  Those interested should contact Erika at

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; any weekday (no Saturdays)
Time: Flexible; one to two hours weekly between 9 am and 4 pm
Commitment: Must be detail-oriented and willing to commit to 1 to 2 hours weekly for a minimum of 3 months.
Responsibilities: Volunteers buff discs and box up discards. If you are allergic to dust, this is not the job for you. Those interested should contact Sharon at



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