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Volunteer at ICPL

Volunteer Positions for Young Adults (Grade 7 and up) and Adults

Materials Check In

Young Adults (Grade 7 and up) and Adults are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Program. The Library's needs vary throughout the year, and there are not always openings available. Library volunteer jobs include:

  • Checking in Library materials.
  • Maintaining Library collections.
  • Working at The BookEnd, the Friends Foundation's used bookstore.

  • Contact the Library at 319.356.5200 for more information.

Time Commitment

Regular, ongoing jobs require a three-month commitment and two hours per week. Occasional and short-term jobs vary according to the needs of the Library. For example, an occasional position could be volunteering for a single Library program or event while a short term need may consist of working on a special project.

How To Apply

Complete the Volunteer Application and drop it off at the Library, or mail to:

Volunteer Coordinator
Iowa City Public Library
123 South Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

For More Information

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the Library. You can call 319.887.6025 or email for more information.

ICPL Volunteer Recognition

The Library honors volunteers anually at a volunteer recognition event in April. Volunteers should watch for an invitation in their mail.

The 2014 Volunteer of the Year was Helen Baum. Helen has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department and The BookEnd since 2004. For more information on the 2013 volunteer recognition event including a full list of award recipients, visit the Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers post on the Iowa City Public Library blog.

Volunteer News

Thanks to our 8th grade volunteers
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
Most Iowa City residents are probably familiar with the 8th grade Personal Development class, which gets teens volunteering for 4 hours in the community.  At ICPL, we are delighted to be a place that many students choose to volunteer. In the past few weeks, we’ve had sev...

New Crafting Books at ICPL.
posted by: Beth Fisher in From the Shelves, Arts & Crafts, Handicrafts, Sewing, Volunteer
ICPL’s 3rd Annual Arts and Crafts Bazaar is coming up in December, and we’re taking donations now.   If you’d like to make something to donate to the bazaar, but need some suggestions, there are a lot of great new crafting books on the New Book sh...

Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar Call for Donations
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, Volunteer
Plans are underway for the Third Annual Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation Arts & Crafts Bazaar and we need your help. This year’s bazaar will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Library is seeking donations. Items should be new, handmade arts and cra...

posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, Volunteer, Volunteers
Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,400 hours of service during the 2013 calendar year – the equivalent of nearly five full-time staff members. “We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,...

ICPL partners with Iowa City Hospice to bring books, conversation to area residents
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in Inside ICPL, News, Volunteer
Diana Durham’s years as an elementary teacher serve her well in her retirement. “As a schoolteacher, you learn to perform,” Durham says. “You have to like it.” Durham liked it so much; she joined the Iowa City Hospice Singers. The singers are a gro...