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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 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

Spanish Story Time Volunteer
Dates:
Friday Mornings, 10:15-11:15 am
Responsibilities:

  • Before Story Time: Help the storyteller set up the story circle or room by bringing setting up 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 or story room. Help the storyteller 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.

Knowledge of the Spanish language is helpful but not essential. Those interested should contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com.

Preschool Story Time Volunteer
Dates
: Every Wednesday (through the end of April)
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 a.m.
Responsibilities

  • 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. 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 the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com.

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 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.
    • 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.  

ILL Packaging Volunteer

Date: Mondays, weekly
Time: Morning
Responsibilities:  Monday mornings for approximately one hour, the interlibrary loan volunteer will assist librarians by putting library materials in packages with corresponding paperwork for shipment to other libraries. Attention to detail and ability to follow written directions is required.  Those interested should contact Allison at allisons@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 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. 

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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