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 our 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

Dates: Between now and March 5
Times: Flexible
Responsibilities:  We need volunteers to help prepare handouts and decorations for the Fairy Tea Party.  Some tasks we need completed are: Copying and cutting book lists, folding napkins (the week of March 2 - March 5), unpacking lights, etc. Interested volunteers should contact volunteer@provolibrary.org for more information.

Fairy Tea Set Up

Date: March 5
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
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 all or part of the time as needed. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.org

Fairy Tea Take Down

Date: March 7
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Responsibilities: We will need a group of volunteers to help take down the decorations from the fairy tea.  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  May involve some lifting and using carts and dollies. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.org 

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 at any time when the library is open to help with the following tasks:
    • Cleaning: Volunteers will clean shelves or toys to prevent the spreading of germs and disease. We especially need help cleaning toys during the month of December. 
    • Book Cleaning: Use wipes to clean the covers of books in the Children’s Department.
    • Program Prep: Other tasks needed to prepare craft projects or other program components.
    • Note: Volunteers are responsible to keep track of their volunteer hours by signing in and out each volunteer session. Those interested should contact volunteer@provolibrary.org

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.  

Teen Takeover Volunteer

Date: Saturday, February 22
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Responsibilities: Volunteers needed to help set up and facilitate activities for this after-hours teen program. The program is game themed and will include activities such as mini golf, Wii gaming, Quiplash, board games, and life sized bowling.

Computer Help Lab Volunteer

Date: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning in January
Time: Mondays 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Commitment: Those interested don’t need to commit to coming to each class, but coming consistently to one of the dates/times listed above is preferred.
Responsibilities: Volunteers needed to help answer technology-related questions at our Computer Help Lab.  You'll draw on your expertise to help library patrons do things such as: search the internet, set up social media accounts, look for jobs online, send emails, use Microsoft Office, avoid computer viruses, and much more.

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.

Odds and Ends/Large Events Volunteer

Date/Time: Variable
Description: Periodically we need help with preparation for large scale events. This can include things like ironing tablecloths, folding napkins, assembling favors, and decorating. We are looking for a volunteer who would be available on an on-call basis to help with tasks like this. If you are already an approved volunteer and would be interested in helping with things like this, contact Erika Hill at erikah@provolibrary.org

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.org. 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. 

The Circulation and Technical Services Departments have no volunteer needs at this time.



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