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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: 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

Lego Crew 
Dates: July 20
Time: 4:00-5:15 pm
Commitment: Volunteer will help the librarian set up the event, help children with their Lego creations and with general crowd control, and then help the librarian with take down.  

Those interested should contact Donna Cardon, 801-852-7623, or 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.  

Special Events Volunteers

Teen Game Extravaganza
Date: Monday, July 11
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Responsibilities: Help is needed at the various game stations.  Teens will be playing Wii games, board games, and life size games.  Those interested should contact Ann-Marie at annmariem@provolibrary.com

Book Swap
Date: Wednesday, July 20
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Responsibilities:We need five volunteers to help with the annual Book Swap. Before the event volunteers will help bring books up from storage and set up the room. During the event volunteers will help check book condition, give out tickets, swap book carts, distribute books to tables, swap tickets for books and hand out candy. After the event volunteers will help us take things down.  Those interested should contact Allison at allisons@provolibrary.com.    

End of Summer Reading Party
Date: Saturday, July 30
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, or a smaller amount of time if necessary
Responsibilities: Volunteers needed to help with the various activity stations during our End of Summer Reading Party, held at the Provo Rec Center Outdoor Pool, 450 W 500 N.  Cinemark movie passes will be given to those who help with the event.  Those interested should contact Anjie at anjanettej@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. 

Continuing Volunteer Opportunity

Book Store Volunteer
Time: Flexible
Commitment: Four month commitment requested. 
Responsibilities: Volunteers will help stock the Used Book Store and keep everything orderly. Should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, and have no problem bending and reaching to organize shelves. Those interested should contact Erika Hill at erikah@provolibrary.com.  

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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