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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.

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 hudrend of volunteers are honored 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 - Posts from the Iowa City Public Library Staff Blog

Volunteer Spotlight: Eileen Robinson
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
We asked Book End volunteer Eileen Robinson a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:” How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public Library? It has been many years. The Friends of the Library used to have book sales in the library’s garage ...

Volunteer Spotlight: Emily Nelson
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
We asked volunteer Emily Nelson a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:” How long have you been volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library? I have been volunteering for about 11 years. What do you do at the Library? I check in books and prepare them for res...

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...