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Volunteer at ICPL

Volunteer Positions for Teens and Adults

Materials Check In

Volunteers make a remarkable contribution to the Library. Teens (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. Current openings are often posted in the Library’s Lobby. Library volunteer jobs include:

  • Checking in Library books.
  • Working at The Book End, the Friends Foundation's used bookstore.
  • Maintaining Library materials.
  • Participating in the Teen Activity Group.
  • Tutoring teens.

Time Commitment

Regular, ongoing jobs require a three-month commitment and two hours per week. Occasional volunteer jobs may arise for individual Library programs and special projects.

Short-term volunteer work is available for 8th graders and community service volunteers. Individuals seeking to quickly complete many hours of community service are advised that application processing may take a few days and that a maximum of two hours per day may be completed at the Library.

How To Apply

Complete the Volunteer Application and drop it off at the Library, or mail it to: Volunteer Assistant, Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA 52240.

The Library performs background checks on volunteers in certain positions. Volunteers who are considered for these jobs will be asked to complete a Criminal History Record Check Request Form to authorize the Library to perform this check.

For More Information

Please contact the Volunteer Assistant at the Library by calling 319.887.6025 or emailing

ICPL Volunteer Recognition

The Library's hundreds of volunteers are honored annually at a volunteer recognition event in April.

The 2014 Volunteer of the Year is Chuck Felling. Chuck has volunteered in the Community & Access Services Department for 15 years. For more information on this year's 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 - Posts from the Iowa City Public Library Staff Blog

Chuck Felling is our Volunteer of the Year
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
Last night, we were pleased to award Volunteer of the Year to Chuck Felling, who has volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library for nearly 15 years.  Chuck can be found checking in books here every Tuesday morning. Susan Craig, Chuck Felling, and Nancy Sereduck “I al...

Thank you! Thank you!
posted by: Susan Craig in From the Director, Volunteer, Volunteers
Nine thousand one hundred and forty hours contributed by Library volunteers in one year.  The average American working full time works 1,700 hours in one year.  The more than 9,000 hours contributed to the Library in 2014 by our 292 volunteers is the equivalent ...

ICPL Honors Volunteers
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in Inside ICPL, News, Adults, teens, Volunteer, Volunteers
Iowa City Public Library volunteers provided more than 9,100 hours of service during the 2014 calendar year. “We are grateful for our volunteers for giving their time and talent to the Library and our community,” Library Director Susan Craig says. “As we celebr...