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Des Moines Public Library Volunteer Services

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. 

Adult Volunteers:

What are Some of the Things Adult Volunteers Do?

Volunteers 18 years and over:

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.

Host special events, including AViD Author series programs. 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 Challenge.

Are you a teen volunteer? 

What are Some of the Things Teen Volunteers Do?

For teens ages 12-18:

Assist youth services staff with children's events and activities during the school year and for our children's 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 Area.

Create displays in the Children's Area.

Support Youth Services Librarians with other duties as needed.