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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.

Fairy Tea Preparation

Date: Needed until March 2 
Time: Variable 
Responsibilities: We need volunteers to help prepare handouts and decorations for the Fairy Tea Party.  Some tasks we need completed are: assembling ribbon wands, folding napkins (the week of February 26 - March 2), unpacking lights, etc. For more information contact volunteer@provolibrary.com

Fairy Tea Party Set-Up

Date: February 28
Time:
9:00 am-2:00 pm
Responsibilities: 
We will need volunteers to help put up decorations for the Fairy Tea Party.  Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Some lifting may be involved.  Volunteers can come for part of the time if needed. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.com.

Fairy Tea Take Down

Date: March 2
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Responsibilities: We will need a group of volunteers to help take down the decorations from the fairy tea.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.  May involve some lifting and using carts and dollies. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.com

Cleaning/Program Maintenance

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 to help with 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.
    • Book Cleaning: Use wipes to clean the covers of books in the Children’s Department.
    • Craft Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projectsNote: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.com. 

Those interested should contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com

Preschool Story Time Volunteer

Dates: Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday through April
Times: 9:45 to 11:45 am
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 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.  

Best Books of 2018

Date: Thursday, February 21st
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Responsibilities:  Help us direct people to the three sessions being presented to discuss our favorite adult, teen and children’s books of 2018.  Those interested should contact volunteer@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.

Book Store Volunteer

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays. 
Time: Variable; it is recommended that this volunteer opportunity is done in conjunction with other volunteer opportunities since the workload changes throughout the month. 
Responsibilities: Help keep the library's used book store stocked and tidy, and select used books for display. Attention to detail and ability to sort books by genre and collection is necessary. Contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com for more information. 

Interpreting Services

Date/Time: Variable
Description: Occasionally, we receive requests for interpretation at Library programs. Though we have no specific needs at the moment, if you would the experience of interpreting and would like to be contacted in case of a need, contact the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@provolibrary.com. Please include the language you are able to interpret. Our most common needs are Spanish and ASL interpreters. 

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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