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Volunteer at ICPL

Volunteer Positions for Teens and Adults

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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.
  • Assisting with tasks in the Children's Room (ages 14-18 only).
  • Participating in the Teen Activity Group.
  • Tutoring teens.

Time Commitment

Regular, ongoing jobs require a minimum commitment of 3 months, 1.5 hours per week and more than 20 hours of volunteering. We welcome applications from individuals needing court-ordered community service hours if they can meet those minimums. Short-term volunteer work is available for 8th graders completing the Personal Development class requirement.

How To Apply

Complete the Volunteer Application PDF icon 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 most 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 319.887.6026 or emailing

ICPL Volunteer Recognition

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

The 2015 Volunteer of the Year is Terri Caplan. Terri has volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library for almost 8 years, primarily working in the Book End and as a Book Sorter. 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

Volunteer of the Year: Terri Caplan!
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
Terri Caplan was awarded Volunteer of the Year this week, having volunteered at the Iowa City Public Library in multiple capacities over the past seven and a half years.  Terri is currently our Book Sorter, sorting through hundreds of donations each week and selecting the ...

Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers
posted by: Meredith Hines-Dochterman in News, Volunteer, Volunteers
The Iowa City Public Library recently honored its volunteers for their dedication and service. During the 2015 calendar year, 336 volunteers provided more than 9,500 hours of service, increasing the total number of volunteer hours to 260,831 hours since the program started 36...

We love our volunteers!
posted by: Stacey McKim in Inside ICPL, Volunteer
A huge thank you to the 336 people who volunteered at the Library in 2015! Volunteers checked in books, ran the Book End bookstore, cleaned the play kitchen items in the Children’s Room, tutored high school students, planned teen programs, indexed the Press-Citizen, hauled...