Volunteer for the Des Moines Public Library

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Make a Difference at the DMPL

Looking for a great place to volunteer? The library may be just the place for you.  Our volunteers are individuals who bring a variety of talents to our libraries.

Learn More About Volunteering

Are you 18 years of age or older?
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Adult Volunteers

  • Assist library staff by shelving materials requested by our patrons. The quicker we get them on the shelf, the quicker our patrons can take them home!
  • Support library book sales by helping staff sort and arrange items for sale.
  • Organize information in a variety of ways. We occasionally need help with sorting, filing, and data entry. 
  • Help people practice their English skills at our “Conversations and Coffee” programs.
  • Help library staff at special events, including Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) live events. Volunteers greet and guide patrons to program areas, assist with the program, and help library staff before and after the program as needed.
  • Give children and teens a smile when you assist staff with craft and activity programs.
  • Inspire summer reading by helping children and teens register for the Summer Reading program

Print and fill out a waiver and application form and bring them to any DMPL building.

Teen Volunteers

  • Assist youth services staff with children’s events and activities during the school year and for our Summer Reading Program.
  • Register children and teens for the Summer Reading Program.
  • Prepare craft activities for Preschool/Toddler Storytimes, and for our Summer Reading Program.
  • Help maintain the Children’s Library and Children’s Areas inside our buildings, and create displays.
  • Support Youth Services Librarians with other duties as needed.

The teen volunteer program is for students 12-18. Please use a pen and print clearly. Fill out the application and waiver completely and have your parent or guardian sign the waiver, then submit the completed forms at your local library. The volunteer leader will contact you.