Volunteer

Adults and teens (Grade 7 and up) are eligible to participate in the Volunteer Program. Current openings are often posted in the Library’s Lobby.

Possible Jobs

  • Checking in Library books
  • Working at The Book End, our 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

Generally we require a minimum commitment of 3 months with 1.5 hours per week and more than 20 hours of volunteering.

We welcome applications from those needing court-ordered community service if they can meet these minimums. Short-term volunteer work is available for 8th graders completing the Personal Development class requirement.

How To Apply

Download a volunteer application
Drop off a completed Volunteer Application at the Library or mail it to:

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

We do background checks on most volunteer positions. Volunteers who are considered will need to fill out Criminal History Record Check Request Form to authorize this check.

For More Information

Please contact the Volunteer Assistant at the Library by calling (319) 887-6026 or emailing volunteer@icpl.org.

ICPL Volunteer Recognition

Hundreds of volunteers are honored annually at a volunteer recognition event in April. Volunteers make a remarkable contribution to the Library.

The 2016 Volunteer of the Year is Jean Whiting. Jean has volunteered for more than 20 years checking in books every Saturday. For more on this year's volunteer recognition event including a full list of award recipients, visit the Iowa City Public Library Honors Volunteers post on our blog.