Library Volunteers

We really count on our volunteers. They perform jobs and tasks that are vital to the everyday operation of the library. If you’re interested in volunteering, we’d love to hear from you.


Most positions require a commitment of 1-2 hours per week; though volunteers may choose to work longer hours. A very limited number of hours and positions are available for high school students needing volunteer hours for service projects.


Volunteer work varies, but usually consists of the same task each time you come in. Here are a few examples of volunteer responsibilites…

  • Volunteers in the service department might be asked to shelve movies or books. Other volunteers may be asked to straighten shelves.
  • Collection volunteers handle the processing of all new books. This includes covering and stamping the new materials.
  • The ILL (Interlibrary Loan) department uses volunteers to package and prepare items for mailing.

In other words, our volunteers help out in many ways. Some even work in more than one area.

How to Apply

Responsible individuals age 16 and over are encouraged to apply. Applications are available at the circulation desk. All volunteers are required to fill out a confidential background check. You will be notified only if a position becomes available.

For more information, contact:

Becky Sampson
Volunteer Coordinator
Urbandale Public Library
3520-86th St.
Urbandale, IA 50322

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