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 Volunteer 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:
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 Parental/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.
Below are the descriptions of current volunteer needs; when you apply to volunteer, please indicate which opportunity you are interested in.
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 Wednesday morning
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Length of 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)
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.
Notes: The Preschool Story Time Volunteer needs to be someone who can attend consistently. Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. Those interested should contact Donna at email@example.com.
Spanish Story Time Volunteer
Dates: Monday Evening, 6:15-7:15 p.m. and/or Friday Mornings 10:15-11:15 a.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 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 Preschool 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. Children are more comfortable if they see a familiar face. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairy Tea Preparation
Date: February 29-March 4, flexible times
Responsibilities: We need volunteers to fold napkins, make paper flowers, and repair fairy houses. Volunteers with some crafting experience preferred. Contact Donna if interested.
Fairy Tea Clean-Up
Date: Saturday, March 5
Responsibilities: Volunteers will be taking down Fairy Tea decorations and transporting them to the 4th floor. Some light lifting required.
Program Maintenance/Collection Labeling
Commitment: No specific time commitment required.
Preschool Play Maintenance
Commitment: At least ½ hour per week
Book Cleaning/Shelf Cleaning
Commitment: No specific time commitment required.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Best Books of 2016
Date: February 22, 2017
Time: 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm
Responsibilities: Volunteers would help direct people to the rooms being used and would help with various other tasks as needed. Those interested should contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen Escape Room
Date: February 23, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Responsibilities: Volunteers will help direct teens to the appropriate places and help reset clues as groups pass through. Those interested should contact Allison at email@example.com.
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.
Date: Varies; most often needed on Saturdays
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.
Time: Flexible during the hours of 9 AM-5 PM
Responsibilities: We are looking to extend our operating hours in the Attic. Docents provide information and security for the exhibits in the Attic. Volunteers may assist with field trips or activities for small children. This position requires an interview.
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
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 prepare new library materials, buff discs, and box up discards. If you are allergic to dust, this is not the job for you.
Want to know about the most current volunteer positions available? Please call our volunteer coordinator at 801-852-7623.