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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. elen 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

Volunteer Spotlight: Theo Prineas
posted by: Anna Sewell in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
We asked Theo Prineas a few questions for this “Volunteer Spotlight:” How long have you been volunteering for the Iowa City Public Library? About a year. What do you do at the Library? Check-in books and organize them on the carts.  Once a month I go to TAG (...

Volunteer Recognition… Tomorrow!
posted by: Anna Sewell in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
The Library has such an amazing group of volunteers. We are looking forward to recognizing our volunteers for their service during calendar year 2013 tomorrow night from 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Thirty-eight of these volunteers will receive hours of service awards ranging from 10...

Volunteering at the Iowa City Public Library
posted by: Anna Sewell in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
It is a privilege to be able to observe the willingness of our patrons to dedicate their time and energy to make a difference in the community and in Library operations.  For over 30 years volunteers have been a valued resource.  We love our volunteers! The Library i...

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...

ICPL Honors Library Volunteers
posted by: Kyle VanNatter in News, Volunteer
The Corridor Business Journal recently reported Iowa was ranked #3 nationally in “Volunteering and Civil Life in America.” More than 910,000 Iowans volunteered more than 99 million hours. Iowa City lead the state in number of hours volunteered, coming in at average...