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.

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:
    • 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 projects
    • 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.com. 

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.  

Book Swap Volunteer

Date: Tuesday, July 16th
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Responsibilities: Two volunteers needed to help stock the book swap with books throughout the evening. Volunteers will use carts to move book boxes and re-stock book tables with new choices. Some lifting of books and boxes will be required. Other duties may include checking books to be swapped and handing out tickets.  

Outreach Volunteer

Date: Variable
Time: Afternoons
Commitment: Once every 1-2 weeks
Responsibilities: Volunteer needed to make deliveries of library materials to homebound patrons in various parts of Provo every 1-2 weeks.  Deliveries are most often made in the afternoon, but the dates and times can be adjusted to suit both the volunteer and patrons' needs. Must provide own transportation.

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.

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. 

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.com