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Volunteer at the Library

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 submit a Volunteer Application.  Hard-copy Volunteer Applications can be picked up from the 1st Floor Reference Desk in the Library's Rogers Wing.  Hard-copy 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 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. 

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.

Special Event Opportunities

Tween Academy Set-up
Date: August 17
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Responsibilities: We will need several volunteers who are willing to help us put up decorations for the Tween Academy.  This may involve some light lifting. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes.

Tween Academy Take-Down
Date: August 18
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Responsibilities: We will need several volunteers who are willing to help us take down decorations for the Tween Academy.  This may involve some light lifting. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. 

Program Volunteer Opportunities

Preschool Story Time Volunteer
Dates: Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday starting August 28
Times: 9:45 - 11:45 am
Responsibilities: Attend story time and help storytellers with classroom management. 

Cuentos (Spanish Story Time) Volunteer
Dates
: Monday Evening, 6:15-7:15 pm starting August 27, Friday Mornings 10:15-11:15 am starting August 31
Responsibilities: Help the Spanish Storyteller set up, hand out items during the story time and clean up.
Notes: Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential. 

Make and Take Crafts Volunteer
Dates: Every other Monday starting August 27
Time: 6:15-8:15 pm
Responsibilities: Help librarians set up craft supplies, help parents and children do simple crafts, count attendance, help librarians clean up at the end of the event. 

Kids and Cameras Volunteer
Dates: Wednesday afternoons starting August 29
Time: 3:45-5:15 pm
Responsibilities: Help librarians set up for the program.  Great children as they arrive.  Give assistance as needed during the class, and then help clean up after the program.  Some familiarity with video editing is useful but not required. 

Coding Club Volunteer
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starring August 28
Time: 3:45-5:15 pm
Responsibilities:  Help the librarian set up the chrome books.  Give assistance needed during class, and help clean up. Familiarity with SCRATCH is helpful but not required. 

Lego Crew Volunteer
Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month starting Sept. 5
Time: 4:00-5:15 pm
Responsibilities: Help a librarian set up for the Lego Crew activity.  Be an extra adult in the room and help kids during the class. 

Flexible Volunteer Opportunities

Book Cleaning/Shelf Cleaning

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 at any time when the library is open and do the following tasks:
    • Shelf Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean off the front of bookshelves to help prevent the spreading of germs and disease.
    • Book Cleaning: Use disinfectant wipes to clean the covers of books in the Children's Department.
    • Those interested should contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com

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.  

No volunteer needs right now. 

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.

Basement Creative Lab Volunteer

Date: Tuesday or Wednesday evenings
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Responsibilities: Help Basement Creative Lab technician check attendees in during class; help lab technician demonstrate lighting, audio, and camera setups as needed. Help patrons fill out paperwork and answer basic questions. Basic knowledge of video and/or audio production is helpful but not required. Contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com for more information. 

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. 

No volunteer needs at this time

Questions?

Questions?

Want to know about the most current volunteer positions available? Please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com

 

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